Post # 1
I started graduate school recently and while my schedule right now is not bad at all, my fall schedule will be tough both course wise and time wise. My current job really is not working with me a whole lot to make this possible.
My DH and I have always planned on me going back for my Master’s after the wedding and quitting my current job. I never have liked what I am doing…but my resume looks good and I know that sticking this out was just a necessary way to get where I someday want to be.
I have been offered a part time gig doing something I will really enjoy, but the hours are sparse. I feel guilty going from a full time salary to a piddly part time job that will give me “spending money”. DH is ok with this and financially we are fine on his salary/our savings, so my guilt really is my own creation.
Do any of you graduate bees barely work? I feel as though so many people work full time and go to school…so I feel a little stupid having excess time to study although I know that I need it. If you are in school and barely work, what is your day like? I’m worried I’ll be bored!
Post # 3
My BIL is 31 and still “working on his PhD” and he just teaches at the university. Seems to work for him. 🙂
Honestly, if you’re committed to putting your efforts into your schooling and finishing faster, I say go for it. Don’t drag it out and kill yourself for years doing both.
Post # 4
I went to school full time and most people worked about 15 hours a week. That was all our school recommended and it made it so they could pick up the slack at home and get experience. They were plenty stressed with all of that. I did about 35 hours and full time school and it was a bad idea.
My day was set up that I would have classes Monday and Wednesday. I would get to school by 830 and study/go to class until 7. I would come back home, cook, clean, and study. Then Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I would go to work around 9, leave around 6, and then study. My friends who worked less only went into work 2 full days or every morning. My key was I needed to be at school to get my work done, so I stuck to my schedule.
Post # 5
@Pollywog: wow, that is a CRAZY schedule! Seems like it worked, though, and was very structured.
@almostmrsj: i am so worried about dragging it out and killing myself over it! Im’ especially freaked out since I have to maintain a certain GPA and I just dont want to screw up!
Post # 6
i am in the process of going back for my masters (wont start the official program until after my wedding) and i have been trying to figure this work thing out too… i think i will probably work as much as i feasibly can the first year because the second year is a year long internship, so that will be my “job”…
my old roommate/good friend didnt work and took maybe 3 classes at a time toward her masters (one was usually just 1 weekend per month). she was really nervous about school so having extra study time was great for her, but honestly she seemed really bored a lot of the time. especially once she got into the second semester of that and knew what the workload was like. also it made her a not fun person to be around because she would get fixated on stupid stuff since she had all day to do so… and also i was really jealous that i had to work all day and she went to the beach and then the gym!
Post # 7
I took full-time classes while I was getting my master’s, and I had a grad assistantship that was about 20 hours a week. That worked pretty well for me because combined, classes plus homework/project time, plus the job, worked out to be well over 40 hours a week.
If you guys can handle it financially, you shouldn’t feel guilty. I don’t know what you’re going back to school for, but I’d imagine you’re doing it to advance in your career?
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
My SO is finishing his PhD and he gets paid to teach there and work as a research assistant on other projects. It’s not much at all but we make it work.
Post # 9
@Gemstone: yup, it is to advance my career so I can hopefully be doing the job I want to be doing forever by the time I’m 30. I hope it happens!
@bostongirl27: LOL i can see how that would become annoying.
Post # 10
Don’t feel that bad, I’m in graduate school starting this fall and I’m barred from taking outside jobs. I will be working an assistantship though, so at least I’m contributing something? Anyway, if y’all are financially stable and it’s something you want and need, let go of the self-imposed guilt and enjoy it 🙂
Post # 11
@soyjoy222: If you’re going to be okay financially and would be looking for a different job anyway after you finish, I don’t see why it’s a problem.
Post # 12
I don’t think you should feel guilty at all. You should view your education as your work.
I’m not sure what program you are taking…. but I graduated a year ago with my Master’s Degree. The program I was in gave a guideline of 15-20 hours of study group / homework / projects for EACH CLASS each week.
So, I took 2 classes a week that were 3 hour classes – that’s 6 hours each week. Then, if I included studying / attended study groups / completed homework and worked on my projects for 20 hours for each of them THAT WOULD BE 46 HOURS OF ‘WORK’. that you are doing. It’s just *delayed* income, because you won’t see the benefits of the income until after you graduate and get a job in that field.
I DID work full time (and I’m a single mom) and I almost WENT NUTS. What suffered? My sleep, of which I got almost none for 2 years.