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Do you guys work while attending University?

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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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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.
 
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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.
 
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DeadWolfe said:
Or just in the summer?

My parents think I should quit my job so I can focuse more on my education.
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.
 
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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.
 
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leon1127 said:
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.
For work-study jobs on campus, they won't let you work more than 20 hours a week.. your schedule sounds insane
 
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zwtipp05 said:
For work-study jobs on campus, they won't let you work more than 20 hours a week.. your schedule sounds insane
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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Stephan hoyer said:
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
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

PL
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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?
 
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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.
 
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Norman said:
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?
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
 
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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...
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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I work while attending College. And very fortunate I am that my work has to do with the College.
 
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At my University in the Maths department (at least), you can apply to become a tutor after your first year, and tutor first year students (they pay around $15p/h!) and mark assignments. Like jsaxton said, it's great if you can find a job that's an extension to your learning. I work in the IT department for a freighting company sometimes during the breaks, and do IT support for a Physio clinic; both go well with a ComputerScience major.

Working in your department lets you climb up the ranks and get to know everyone.
 
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At my job that I was working was very stressful and unpredictable but was good pay compared to my peers. Everytime I came home so tired and stressed out that i didn't take care of important stuff. Eventually I had to drop out of the semester and the next one too. By then I had a huge loan to pay off heh.

I eventually quit my job and sure it was the best day of my life heh.
 
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I prefer that my students NOT work, unless it is work-study or somehow academically-related. In any case, work must not interfere with your education... and certainly don't let it interfere with my classes. (I frown when I am told by a student that he/she will miss all or part of my class due to "work", especially on a regular basis!)

In the summer, there are lots of opportunities for students to participate in REU programs and internships. Many pay rather well and offer relevant academic experience.

my $0.02
 
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Some of these replies REALLY suprise me. I am a student that has to pay for his own schooling, so without a job I'd be screwed. I'm lucky enough that my parents haven't kicked me out of the house, but they just CANNOT pay for college, too.

I'm only in my 2nd year so far, so I don't know if it the class difficulty suddenly spikes or not. How else do I pay for gas and personal expenses?

PL
 
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Ooohhh, really ?
I have a part time job, I work in a lab. People there are nice. Their job is to make crystal test tubes by blowing airstream into the tube. My job is to collect tubes and arrange them into bags in time for delivery to the school. Some nice girls there blow for me several tubes, I put them in my room now to make experiement.
Each month company transfers around $500 into my bank account.
 

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