I worked part time nights throughout the LPN program last year and plan on doing so again for the LPN to RN program this fall. I should also say I have a family with a then 6yo child, hubby and 2 dogs. The 6yo did not have to scale back activities, we still managed school programs, scouts, 4H and softball. I will admit to spending ball games in the bleachers with a book in my lap, and studying in the chuch lobby during scouts and 4H meetings. I passed my boards with the minimum 85 questions.
Um, oh yes, I graduated with a 4.0 even with all this. It CAN be done, and it can be done with excellent understanding/comprehension. It depends on what you are willing to put into it. Was my situation optimal? No. But I could not stop the entire family from functioning while I was in school. I needed to work to help pay bills for us to keep utilities on, roof over head, vehicles, etc. Hubby worked FT and basically carried the major financial load while I was PT. We cut back on a lot of things, but still needed my income to help, especially since I had an 80 mile commute every class day and gas prices went nuts. Housework became the lowest priority. If I could have trained some of those dust bunnies to do the cleaning I would have had it made!
But, we always had clean clothes and dishes. A lot of nights dinner was hot dogs, mac & cheese and we used paper plates!
I do admit to being 4 weeks from graduation and mentally/physically exhausted, but I kept pushing on and made it. I guess my point in all this is that YOU can choose how you want to approach school. Many have worked and achieved academic excellence as well, you can as well.
Best of luck to you!