Post # 17
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
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
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
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.