(Closed) Did you work while in college?

posted 8 years ago in College
  • poll: Did you work while in college and cover your own expenses (clothes, toiletries, entertainment)
    Yes : (220 votes)
    79 %
    No : (45 votes)
    16 %
    Other, explain : (15 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 152
    540 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I worked full time throughout all four years of school and recieved no help from my parents. Many of my peers worked part time, recieved help from their parents, and wasted a lot of time and monty.

    Although I was stressed out TO THE MAX, and left college with a little bit of credit card debt (not to mention school loans), I was way more focused on academics and not getting in trouble than my peers. Rather than getting wasted, I was either studying or working. My grades suffered a little bit (I walked out with a 3.3) because my time was limited, I really appreciate my education and know that I worked hard for what I achieved- it was not something that was given to me. MANY of my peers who had help from parents were failing classes, not going to classes, and almost half from freshman year did not graduate (dropped out).


    I think it is really important for your daughter to feel some responsibility, she needs to learn to manage money, how to earn money, how to look for jobs, how to act as a professional, etc. Holding a job throughout college forces her to be responsible, which she might be uncomfortable with. $100 a week is quite a lot to be given she doesn’t have many expenses to pay for than she NEEDS, if she wants more or doesn’t think that is enough…work for what you want.

    If I were you and my daughter didn’t get a job even 10-15 hours a week, I would cut back half of what I was giving her.. I think it is important for her to be at least trying and looking, then if she can’t handle it and is responsible (not partying/drinking) and you feel like her grades are suffering…maybe bump it back up


    Just my opinons!

    Post # 153
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

    I worked as a Resident Assistant my junior and senior year which covered my room and board. I also did work/study at the grad office which is money I used for “fun”. My parents still sent me money every once in awhile. 

    Post # 154
    4350 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I am currently working through college, but my parents also provide me with “budget money” for gas laundry ect. I get $125 a month, and started working 2 hours a week in college and gradually added shifts each semester until I got to 25 hours a week. Now I’m in my senior year and have scaled back to 10-15 because I am doing an internship far away. The budget money was nice, but my parents also wanted me to pay 10% of tuition, so I ended up putting the money they gave me towards the 10% and the rest of my earnings ended up being spent on extras. I find that I ended up really valuing my money and feeling very much in control of how much extra money I had to spend so that I could graduate mostly debt free. My brother is a sophmore and has taken the exact opposite route. He took out loans for the 10% and saves all of his “budget money”. He has absolutely no interest in getting a job. While some may say that parents can have complete influence over how their kids view money I think that for me and my brother it was not the case. We had very similar upbringings and I feel like I have to work while he wants to avoid it as long as possible. The amount you are giving her seems excessive to me (though I honestly can’t judge because I don’t know your financial situation). So if I were you I would scale back/cut her off and let her make the decision to work and be able to do fun things or not work and be stuck in her dorm. Most kids in that situation would get a job on campus for a couple hours a week (which is what most of my peers are doing) and figure out how to live off of it. A lot of on campus jobs involve sitting at a desk, where you can still do homework. Finding one of those jobs IMO is the key to making ends meet in school without it affecting grades.

    Post # 155
    927 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Yes I worked at Starbucks while I was in nursing school (and still struggled with bills).

    Post # 156
    43 posts
    • Wedding: March 2015

    My first 2 years of school I worked part time, but my health and grades suffered so dramatically that my mum requested that I don’t work when I went back to school after taking a couple years break. My grandparents paid off my car, with the agreement that I would get my degree(s) and keep my grades up. Now, my Fiance pays for all of our living expenses, and I keep the house clean and keep up with my studies. My parents still help when they can, by paying for books, and sending me food (because of all my food allergies).

    I work in the summers, and save up what I can. But I am getting a large stack of student loans adding up. I HAVE thought about getting a part time job for during the school year, but have found it extremely difficult to get one to work with my schedule, since I have classes all over the place.

    Even though I live in a “College Town” jobs are scarce with the economy. Employers are looking for someone that they can have work at any time at a moments notice. Some people are able to keep up with everything, but there are us who have no choice but to only focus on school if we want to get through it. That being said, $100 a month seems like a LOT of money for a freshmen. If food isn’t covered in her housing, look into a meal card. Most universities have them, and that way they can only be spent on food on campus.

    Post # 157
    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I worked part time during undergrad, about 10-15 hours a week. now that I’m in grad school, I actually have two jobs and about 20-25 a week between the two. I work enough to pay for my rent and any other expenses (gas, food, shopping). aside from the money, work is where I learn the most for what I will need to know for my future career so I try to work as much as possible. having less time to study also forces me to be better at prioritizing. 

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