Juggling a full-time job, online classes, and a husband sounds complicated. Online classes demand a lot of self-control and
dedication, but since my goal was to become a licensed technician, making time for lectures and written assignments was easy.
My husband was very supportive, and his encouragement helped me through times where I struggled through classes and stressed
myself out with thoughts of failure. It was hard for me to remember things the way I did when I was in college more than 20
years ago, and that was my main source of frustration.
My work schedule helped make it easier. Some days I would work 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., other days 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. This gave me
time to sleep in or a chance to attend an online lecture. I would also set aside time to do schoolwork, no matter what.
When I needed a break from school, I'd put down my textbook and pick up a work of fiction: either a murder mystery or scientific
thriller. I've been reading since I was 4 years old, and that's the hobby that gives me the most pleasure. I also picked up
relaxing vibes from my three miniature schnauzers. Having them around certainly lowered my blood pressure many times.
The things that balanced my life outside of work included going to museums and the ballet and to dinner with friends. My friends
were always there to lend support, to make me laugh, or to offer a different perspective on life when I needed it. They assured
me that I was doing the right thing by going back to school and striving to be credentialed and that I should be proud of
myself no matter what my grades were.
Kyle Wendy Skultety, LVT, CVT
General practice technician
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
Tinton Falls, N.J.