Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Dena R. Kniess


A qualitative methodology was utilized to examine student leaders' ability to balance the responsibilities that come with being involved in extracurricular activities and their academic coursework. Through conducting one on one interviews with five participants who are current student leaders at the research site, it was found that student leaders acknowledge that time management and organizational strategies are instrumental to successfully managing their dual roles. However, not all participants were actually utilizing time management and organizational strategies in their day-to-day lives. Participants discussed motivations for involvement in extracurricular activities, positive and negative impacts of their involvement, definitions of success, time management and organizational strategies and the role of advisors. Recommendations for student affairs professionals are provided to increase understanding of how student affairs professionals can help prepare students to successfully manage the responsibilities of their extracurricular involvement and academic coursework.