Full-time Working, Adult Life having college students. How do you do this?!

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I’m doing 4 classes plus my 40+ hours a week. I’m doing well in class and work, but I feel overwhelmed! I feel like other things are being backburnered.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When I was in school, I worked full-time as a manager and went to school full time, with a homework load that required me to be doing homework around 30-40 hours per week (that’s what I get for wanting to be an animator).

Honestly, I don’t know how I did it. All I knew is that I couldn’t stop or slow down for two seconds, for fear of giving up or collapsing with exhaustion. I sacrificed a lot during those times (as I’m sure you are) but in the long run it was 100% worth it. Just keep telling yourself that! It WILL be worth it! Plus, you’ll appreciate your free time 1,000 times better when you’re done 😉

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Beach

I have noooo idea, how I’m doing it. I work 40+ hours at Capital One and I go to school full time majoring in Finance. I basically have work during the day until 4pm, then I have school from 5-10pm. It can be very stressful especially when you have a TON of bills to pay, as well as plan a wedding. But I think my fiance truly holds me together, and reminds me we are both working for our goal. It’s something that needs to be done, so we do it =)

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

FutureMrsJefferson:  I’m at my hospital 70+ hours a week between work and internship, along with classes. I also have a 4 year old who is in gymnastics and t-ball. All of this is the reason why we decided on a wedding date that is a year and a half out. It’s exhausting. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I’m working a full -time job while completing my masters in Counseling and in the midst of preparing a move to another state and applying for schools to get my Phd in Counseling all the while looking for openings in my field. It’s super stressful. I attend school at night. So I basically work until 4:30, classes 5-9pm and see my clients on the weekend. That’s my saving grace! I’m tired. I’m horrified of how I’m going to do all this in my Ph.d while planning a wedding and looking for a house to buy. Like @MyHabibi said my S/O has truly been a supportive and key part of maintaining my sanity.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Baimee:  It’s really hard so it’s good to have a strong support system (who’s also understanding) and wine. 🙂

I work 8am-4pm in a medical office and go to school full time for Medical Administration. I am also setting up our first home and planning a June wedding.

It’s hard to balance all that but it’s manageable. If I’m tired my fiance is great at being like ‘hey babe, I’ll get you a wine, let’s throw on some music and you can write that essay that’s due on Sunday.’ Just that little push and support can completely change my motivation level.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For 2 years I was a full time worker and a full time student (70 miles apart from each other!)  Needless to say, I’m glad I powered through, but looking back I don’t want to repeat those years, I hardly slept and was mostly a walking zombie!  

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I did full time work and full time school for two years.  

I did a one-year research-based MA program and one year of a course-based PhD program (dropped out!) while working full time in non-profit fundraising. It was nuts, and I think the only reason why I was able to make it through the MA was because I only had three courses, and my thesis to work on. I barely remember that year because I was so stressed with juggling a high-demand job and an intensive MA.

Once I started my PhD, I couldn’t do it anymore. I was lucky that my program allowed me to do two directed readings, and my work allowed me to take two mornings off to go to my other classes. I had to stay late at work, and all my personal time and weekends were spent doing school work. All the grad students and also my coworkers had time to grab beers, and unwind, while I had every hour of my day scheduled. It sucked.

I realized that I either needed a more flexible, less intense job, or that I would need to leave school. Since the academia job market sucked (in the social sciences), I decided to leave the PhD program.

The next year, I applied to law school, where I am currently. I’m not working concurrently, and it’s been a great decision.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I can’t imagine the stress for those of you working and in school. I know it didn’t work for,me, so I worked my butt off for enough scholarships to pay my undergrad, got summer jobs when I wasn’t doing class work/field research and got family help with the masters degree.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

As Nike says “Just Do It”. I remember when I was doing that and I just took it a day at time. There are moments of feeling overwhelmed.  You just have to accept that is part of the process for now and make the necessary sacrifices.

Frankly, I was in awe of the more senior students and those that do that with young families to manange as well. I remember seeing many FT working & FT students who where also pregnant and had young children at home. WTH?? I couldn’t believe the number of 7+ month pregnant women in my various classes.

So when I think of my own issues, frankly in retrospect – it wasn’t so bad. I appreciated that I had my health and time to do it. I wasn’t easy and I’m gearing up to go back to school to finish my degree so I will be back on that rollcoaster again. But now I’m also training for a triathlon event. So FT work, with school and training.  Oh.. Joy… :\

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