Thousands of students choose to both attend school and work at the same time. Obviously, some of them do this out of necessity rather than personal choice, but many people choose to partake in their education and employment by their own power. Finding the appropriate balance between these two endeavors is a fairly difficult challenge for many students, but there is no clear-cut answer as to how much of each is best. Of course, many useless pamphlets and high school counselors suggest that a student works no more than 20 hours per week while in college. Others say that a person should do whatever they feel they can take care of each week. In reality, it just depends.
For the average student with a little bit of financial struggles, 20 hours per week will not create nearly enough income for them to get by each month. Even students who have a good amount of financial aid will find themselves needing to work more hours each week. At $8.00 an hour, a student working even 100 hours per month will have plenty of problems paying for rent, utilities, gasoline, food, and entertainment. In reality, most students will need a job that pays above minimum wage and offers 25 to 35 hours per week for work. Some students may not need to work this many hours due to family help or exceptionally large financial aid packages, but most students do and will work nearly full-time for comfortable income.
However, work should never get in the way of school because education is much more important than working under most circumstances. Completing school work and passing classes should always be held in higher importance than working a near-minimum wage position. Therefore, students should always make sure they leave enough time each week to complete school work, which may mean taking less hours at work. Either way, the sacrifice of extra money is far more worth it than skipping out on school work and letting grades decline. Any student will regret focusing their attention and effort on working instead of pursuing an education because most jobs that college students work at have little room for advancement – in both position and income.
As a rule of thumb, a student should have at least a few hours each day to do their course work, excluding any time spent at work or in class. Free-time should be made for a student to complete their work and study for quizzes or exams. Failure to do so can lead a person down a long road of failing grades and poor performance. Of course, the average person sleeps around eight hours per day. On any given day, class time and work should take up no more than ten hours, leaving a student an extra six hours to do course work, study, and do whatever else they want to. A student obviously won’t be spending all of their free time studying and completing class work, but two or three hours every day for school work is a reasonable estimate. Many students won’t have a problem spending a couple hours on school and having a few hours left over for whatever they want. By using this plan, a student already has work and actual class time factored into their days.
By efficiently completing course work and study time, a student should have no problem having enough time left over for work and relaxation. Work is usually not the cause of a student’s poor performance in college. In fact, it is usually a student’s inability to complete their course work in a timely and efficient manner. Most students shouldn’t find work to be a burden because it’s not as though a person has to bring their job home with them each day. Plus, many supervisors are willing to work with students to make sure that they can still have time for their education. A person who doesn’t have a supervisor such as that should quit their job as soon as possible and find a manager that is willing to work with their schedule better. It just isn’t worth it to sacrifice one’s education for a company and job that won’t show them any leniency.
Working and attending college isn’t as big of a challenge as most people claim it to bed. In fact, balancing between both can be fairly easy for many students. The key to doing so is simply being an efficient student and employee at the same time. You have to leave the proper amount of time each day to take care of your education. Obviously, some students have problems with this, but the majority of them should not. Finding a balance involves a mix of organizational skills, good work ethics in both work and school, making the most of free time, and a few other skills. At the end of the day, working close to full-time and attending school full-time is a very feasible option for a student to consider.