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What is a good amount of time to work during my freshman year in college?

I don't want to be overwhelmed, especially as a full time student. Is fifteen hours to much? #college #college-jobs


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Brian’s Answer

It's very important to understand a few things before answering this question, what will you be using the money for? Do you need a job to pay for your schooling, living situation, food? If there's an amount of money you know you need by a certain amount of time (for me, I knew I needed ~$3k saved at the end of each semester to pay for the next one), then base your work hours off the minimum amount of time to hit your target. It's very important not to overwhelm yourself in your freshman year, but at the same time you will have free time (weekends, after school, maybe a day or two without class per week) that will allow for a part time job. Find a job that isn't overly draining, mentally or physically, and always try to prioritize your school work/deadlines - i.e. let your boss know your school schedule, blackout dates you won't be able to work due to finals, etc.

Good luck!

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Candace’s Answer

I would say 10 hours is a good amount of time to work. 20 hours is doable but really pushing it and you should only do it if you need the money. You will average 5 classes that meet 15 hours a week and then you have to factor in homework (usually another 15 hours) and I would really encourage you to join a club and get involved on your college campus. As a freshman, your workload is not as intense as it will be in later years, so you will have time to have a job. Don't overdo it though. If you feel like it is too much, you can scale it back. It does take some time to get used to the college schedule.


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Ross’s Answer

That is going to vary depending on your work load from class but for a full time student fifteen hours is generally the maximum you would want to work.


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Simeon’s Answer

It depends on how many hours of school you are taking and how hard they are. I would highly recommend looking at work-study jobs. You can often find a position that will allow you to study during your work shift if things are quiet. I understand needing to make ends meet during college. Do what you can to research professors ahead of time by asking friends and looking at the "ratemyprofessor" website. Make sure you don't get any professors that have a personal mission to make things difficult. They almost never end up actually teaching you more than you do in a normal class, so they're not worth the extra stress and study time.

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Rukhsana’s Answer

I would say that 15 hours is probably the maximum hours you should work while attending school, because school is your first priority. I would probably first start with just working weekends and then see how you are doing with keeping up with your studies and then if you need to work more due to financial issues then I would probably add Friday evenings to the work schedule.

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