(Closed) Please, non-traditional student sensei, teach me the ways…

posted 9 years ago in College
  • poll: How much did you work during undergrad?

    I worked full time and was in a happy relationship

    I worked full time but I was single

    I worked full time and had a baby

    I did not work full time- that's crazy

    I did not work full time, but I had a baby or relationship to manage as well

  • Post # 17
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Through undergrad, I worked about 20 hours a week, and I was with my husband for 2 of the 4 years.  I’m not sure how I did it except that I had a lot more energy back then (when I was 18-22!)

    A couple years back, I went to grad school part time while working full time (about 50 hours a week)  I took two classes at a time and it was definitely exhausting.  My husband was going to grad school at the same time and we were often on opposite schedules.  We ate a lot of Lean Cuisines and did early morning workouts!  I’m glad it’s over!

    Post # 18
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I understand your predicent. I’m in a very rigorous grad program, in a relationship and I work 20 hours a week. I take 4 classes (12 hours week) and because of the demands of the workload, this requires an additional 10-30 hours of week on papers/assignments/readings alone. So I’m pretty much working 42-62 hours a week. I have managed to get A’s, but that is also because my program is a lot of paper writing, which I’m good at. If I had to take tests, I would struggle a lot with the same workload.

    I really reccomend sitting down and planning out a week at a time to see how you can manage. I have built in times for my time with my SO and homework. I spread out readings/small assignments over the week in small chunks, usually 1-2 hours. For example, I work and have class from 8am-4pm on Mondays. From 4-6pm, I do a little class work. Then from 6pm ON, I do nothing but hang out with SO, unless I’m really behind that week.

    On the weekends, I usually pick one whole day to dedicate to school. This is usually Sundays… I go the coffee shop around 9am and stay there till 3/4pm and get EVERYTHING done.

    I know it sounds impossible, but once you fall into a routine that works for you, it’s totally doable. I do a lot of social things and spend a ton of time with my SO… it just requires planning ahead and not getting asm uch sleep as I want 😛

    Post # 19
    13889 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I worked full time through high school, undegrad, and now grad school.  In undergrad, I took 18 credits a semester and graduated early (3 years instead of 4), and I graduated with honors.  BUT I gave up a significant portion of my social life to do this, and a lot of my relationships suffered.  I have always been career-oriented, and put work/school ahead of relationships, so it wasn’t a huge deal for me to not go out drinking on a Friday night..  I’m also the type that has to be over-extended in order to be productive.

    I took a lot of my undergrad (and all of my grad) courses at night though. 

    Post # 20
    4673 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I worked 28-40 hours a week and took 12 credits during my undergrad. NEVER AGAIN! I wasn’t seeing anyone at the time and spent most of my non school non work time on homework or sleeping.  I had periods that I got very stressed out and missed a ton of class (2 or those years I was working 3rd shift) My grades were good but not to be displayed on a golden platter or anything.  BUT, I did what I had to do at the time to stay in school.  There was a lot of prioritizing when it came to course work.  I was a photo major so often after work on Sunday I went to the schools photo lab and spent the rest of the day there.  Also I think the strick work/ school schedule helped me get things done.

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