How do we balance marriage, work, and grad school?

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QUESTION: “I’ve been engaged for almost 9 weeks! My fiancé and I are both 20 yrs old and applying to graduate schools. I’m just wondering how to balance marriage, work, and grad school? What obstacles should we expect?”  —Arcena

ANSWER: “Let’s face it— Grad school can be very demanding and take…”  (play audio below to listen in full)

How do we balance marriage, work, and grad school?


Gary Chapman, PhD, is the author of the bestselling 5 Love Languages® series, which has sold more than 8 million worldwide and has been translated into over 40 languages. Dr. Chapman travels the world presenting seminars on marriage, family, and relationships, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Karolyn. For more information visit

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  1. January 9, 2014 @ 9:04 pm Tasha Callaway

    I just recently got married. I am in grad school at Auburn University and also worked as a graduate teaching assistant. I was also beginning to write my thesis. Not to mention, my husband just commissioned and we PCS to Florida during the middle of my semester. It was tough and very difficult at times. I relied on prayer to help me prioritize without neglecting family. The biggest thing I have learned is that when it comes to family I don’t balance. Family is first and everything else will fall into place. This only works if your spouse is helpful and supporting. I read a psalm every morning to uplift me. I am pretty sure that you will be able to handle the journey of graduate school and marriage.


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