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Schools Do you guys work while attending University?

  1. Sep 18, 2005 #1
    Or just in the summer?

    My parents think I should quit my job so I can focuse more on my education.
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  3. Sep 18, 2005 #2
    If your not a party animal, I am of the opinion that working actually helps you acedemically. I have always found that I study much better when I work. In the past I have taken off time from work to catch up with studies, but I always find that I just become more lazy. :biggrin:

    I was reading one of the Sherlock Holmes stories the other day and I remember a quote that went, roughly, "The best rest is a change in work." Presonally I find that to be quite true.
  4. Sep 18, 2005 #3
    I work part time during the academic year. I find that work forces me manage my time more efficiently by planning out my tasks for the week.
  5. Sep 19, 2005 #4
    I have always been working somewhat since 13 years old (please dont ask me how and where).....
    I past 6 AP tests last year.
    I am working about 40-50 hours every week and I am in 4 years University. Although I go online 3 hours a day at least, but I still feel this is too much working for me.

    Concludsion: You should working somewhere around 20-30 hours a week and it is nice to schedule around weekend.

    And i cant agree more what jmcggraw said, but dont work too hard.
  6. Sep 19, 2005 #5
    The ideal case is to find one of those jobs that tend to exist on college campuses where you can get paid for barely having to do any work. If you're lucky, you can get paid to sit behind a desk and do your homework :D.

    I work for the ITS department at my school staffing the helpdesk for students (about 8 hours a week). Libraries are apparently pretty good, too. Generally, we have little or nothing to do, so I'll just pull out my work and do a math problem set.

    We don't get paid much, but if I'm only actually working 25% of the time (and time I'd probably be wasting anyways) it's like getting paid $35/hour for a couple of hours a week of lost time.

    Admittedly, that's not a huge amount of work depending on the degree to which you need to support yourself, but there are opportunities out there if you look for them.
  7. Sep 19, 2005 #6
    For work-study jobs on campus, they won't let you work more than 20 hours a week.. your schedule sounds insane
  8. Sep 19, 2005 #7
    I have gotten 3 jobs and i dont work on campus at all. I think 40 hours are too much for a full time student. I can hardly have time to read books. Lucky that i am not taking really hard classes in my first semester (they were all closed.....)
    next semester, i am taking chem2, E&M, linear algebra, D.E and perhaps english and gov/eco.... I would quit one of my job and concerntrate on study and 2 other jobs.
  9. Sep 19, 2005 #8
    I've worked all four years. Loved it too. Felt that I did much better in classes. I am the type of person who always has to have his hands into something, call me crazy. What you need to do is to get one job and see how it effects you. If your grades and such drop, drop the job.
  10. Sep 19, 2005 #9
    Oh man I'm running into problems with working and school. I work a workstudy, 16 hours a week, and it requires real work, with real people depending on what I do. While it's nice to have a job you matter, it's destroying my homework time. Everyday I go home and think to myself, dang, I could've done all my hw for one class in that amount of time. instead I come home tired, chill out for an hour or two and then suddenly I only have 3 hours of time left.

    So I think it all boils down to how much school work you can do on the job and what your major is. I'm majoring in electrical engineering, so I find a 16 hour week workstudy where you actually have to do stuff is a bit to much.

    If you were my son I 'd say quit your job or work like 10 hours a week.
  11. Sep 19, 2005 #10
    That's the job I have! Except, it's a salesman at a fitness store. With expensive equipment. So for an 8 hour day, I get maybe 5 people in total. Maybe an hour spent on them, another hour on chores (cleaning, etc), rest I can do homework.

    I worked ~36 hours a week during summer, but now I will go back to ~20/week.

    I have no excuse for not getting 4.0's in my classes. :p

  12. Sep 20, 2005 #11


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    I would recommend against working more than about 10 hours a week if you are taking a full load [~15 hours], and certainly no more than 20 hours. It is unlikely you will do justice to either effort if overloaded. Plan on spending about 1 hour of work outside of class for every hour in class and deduct that, along with your in class hours, from a 40 hour work week [50 if you feel heroic] to approximate a reasonable schedule.
  13. Sep 21, 2005 #12
    If you do work, don't get a job that will wear you out. I work 24 hours a week, which isn't a lot but I'm a lifeguard. Lifeguarding wears me out and I get home to do some homework and I'm too tired to do it. Not a good situation.
  14. Sep 21, 2005 #13
    Are your parents paying for school and supporting you? How independent of your parents do you want to be? If you rely on your parents for all your living expenses, depending on your relationship with your parents, things might get kinda weird once you start feeling the need to be more independent. Will working only over summer fund you for a whole year of school?
  15. Sep 21, 2005 #14
    I have had a job all 4 years at school and for the past 2 years I worked 2 jobs- working in the library and working in the lab at a pharmaceutical company. Freaking last year was crazy 2 21 credit semesters and working 20+ hours per week= no sleep. I needed the $$$ though to pay for rent and food. Evey summer since I was about 15 I have worked 40-60 hours per week.
  16. Sep 21, 2005 #15
    My relationship with my parents is that I have to pay for part of their living :frown:
    Luckily, my financial aid awarded me yesterday. I might be able to reschedule my work
  17. Sep 21, 2005 #16
    Well my experience with work was pretty bad. Not academically but phsycologically. That is probably just me. I'm somehow alergic to work, and I would be very nervous when I have to go to work. I just hated it. Customers would never stopp coming. Yall should have seen my face when I quit. That was one of the best days of my life. When I just think about the fact that I'll have to work next 30-40 years hair on my body raises.
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    I currently doing two part-time jobs. One at my school (on weekdays) and the other a fast food joint (on weekends). That sucks when you have 3 lab reports due every week!!:mad: :cry: Unlike most people, I hate weekends...
  19. Sep 22, 2005 #18
    More Education > minimum wage.
    That's my opinion.

    At my college here, they have a program where you can tutor young kids for cash.

    I rather spend time learning than working. However learning while you work is what is great about apprenticeships. Security engineering being a fun one.
  20. Sep 22, 2005 #19
    I work about 15 hours per week as a sysadmin/programmer for the chemical engineering department at my University. The pay is good, and I learn a ton of really practical stuff at my job. I see my job as an extension of my education, not something hindering it.
  21. Sep 22, 2005 #20
    I work while attending College. And very fortunate I am that my work has to do with the College.
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