Issues With Working In College

by Martin

Working in College

I often write to you guys about the benefits of working during college. I’ve also discussed how it can improve your financial situation exponentially compared to other students. Well i would be a remised if I didn’t talk about the downside to making money in college. I would be a huge hypocrite if I said it was worth it all of the time. If you are considering working part time or full time during the school year then please consider the following negatives:

(Note: Sorry for the shorter post today but I’m just headed out the door to get prepared from my most difficult exam tonight)

Creates lots of stress. Working while in college can really stress you out if you don’t manage your time wisely.

For example: if you know that after work you have to finish your assignment and nothing else, then you will do alright. If you really want to watch the Office and My Name Is Early before you start you work then you will find yourself stressed out late at night.

Dilutes your focus. Sometimes I will be really focused on a task and then bham its time to rush off to work. Multi-tasking can be great if you can juggle a bunch of different tasks at once. If you’re the type of person that likes to sit down and focus on one task at a time then your focus can be diluted.

It may affect your grades. Working in college and the grades you get is usually directly related to the intensity of your program. Being a Business student I’m sure I have the luxury of time to work more hours than an Engineering student. I don’t want you to email me telling my I’m a hypocrite because I do realize that not every degree program allows you to work.

Yes it is worth working in college to earn an income if you manage your time and money wisely. If you notice that you are paying off your student loans while your grades are where you want them to be then working in college will be the greatest decision you ever make. If your grades slip and you find yourself re-doing a course, you will probably hate me and anyone else that promoted the idea of working in college. At the end of the day the decision is all yours. Do you have it in you to work during the school year?

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1 Craig

Having not worked in college I can’t share experiences, but know what you mean. It can be more tough to focus on various things. Hopefully it’s a flexible more fun environment job.

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2 Studenomist

@Wilhelm You could say my school indirectly forces us to work during the school year. They rip us off every chance they get so we got no choice but to make some money.

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