(Closed) Any graduate students that barely work?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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 # 6
1513 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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 # 10
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@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
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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.

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