Working While Being a Full-Time Student
A lot of people have been asking me lately, do you like having a job while being a full-time student? Do you have time to do everything else you want/need to do? The answer to both of those questions is yes. Although this might not be for everyone, I personally like to keep busy on the weekdays so I don’t end up just watching Netflix all the time and feeling like I’ve wasted a whole day. I got lucky this semester and somehow was able to fit my 18 credits into Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday so I am able to work at one of my jobs off-campus on Mondays and Fridays while still having the weekend off. Having this schedule works perfectly for me, but everyone is different. If you’re on the fence about getting a job while also being a full-time student there are a few things to consider before you make that commitment.
The first thing you want to consider is: how many classes are you taking? If you have a full schedule Monday through Friday then having a job on the weekends will really wear you down. You want to make sure you have at least one day off to dedicate to everything you really need to do like homework, laundry, etc. Also, just an FYI, working/going to school all day every day is really hard. You need time to relax and have fun so you don’t burn out half way through your week.
Another thing you need to ask yourself is: how much time do I need to set aside for projects and homework that I have to do outside of my classes? This is very important because sometimes people taking 13 or 14 credits can be just as busy, if not busier than people taking 17 or 18 credits. It all depends on the classes you are taking and the amount of work that goes into them outside of actual class time.
If you do decide that you have the time for a job and it won’t impact your performance in your classes, you then need to consider where you want to work. Every place is different in their policies, so before you apply to the first place you see hiring you need to look and see what they’re asking for. Campus jobs are really nice because they will understand more than nearly any other employer if you need some time off because of your school schedule. They are also more flexible with your hours so if you only want to work a few nights a week and not on weekends, then that’s what they’ll schedule you for. Not to mention campus jobs are close to where you’re spending most of your time which makes getting to work much easier.
Overall, I think having a job while being a full-time student really isn’t that bad. You just need to figure out what works for you and make sure you don’t overwork yourself. Even though earning money is important, your main goal while in college is earning good grades and graduating with your degree. If you’re working more than you can handle and your grades end up suffering because of it, you may need to either find a new job that is less demanding, cut back on your hours, or just take a break from working until you can figure out what you need to do to be the best student you can be.