It's definitely an adjustment to have to balance all the new responsibilities that come with college, especially when you have to work. However, it's doable - myself and all my closest friends/roommates had jobs during college and while I was fortunate to have had additional support from my family, two of my roommates didn't. Some pieces of advice I'd give you -
1) If you can afford it, I'd recommend taking at least a semester to adjust to college without a job (or with reduced hours). It can be a tough transition, so it'd be good if you can focus on your wellbeing and just meeting people and finding your place there without the added stress of a job.
2) An on-campus job is definitely your best bet - some jobs, like at the library or a computer lab, even offer opportunities to get some homework done while working a front desk.
3) Make sure you know your priorities and hold yourself to them - between school, social life, your job, etc.
4) While obviously college is a huge financial commitment, it offers a lot beyond just an education and is a really important opportunity to learn about yourself. As such, while work is a necessity, I also urge you to try and make time for things you enjoy doing and exploring, as possible.
5) One of the toughest positions I've seen people in is the struggle of trying to keep up with people who have different financial situations than themselves. One of my friend's brothers became close friends and roommates with people who came from significantly wealthier families than he did, and because of it, he often found himself spending more money on rent and social events than he could really afford to. While obviously you shouldn't write people off just because of their financial situations, I'd recommend at least trying to live with people who are in the same general financial situation as you.
Hope this helps - good luck!
I would also like to say that budgeting plays an important factor, whether you are in school or not in school. What helped me was to log all my monthly expenses on an Excel spreadsheet and entering in the costs, such as a car loan, car insurance, utility/cable bill, rent, cost on gas (average), groceries, and other personal expenditures. This allowed me to see upfront how much money I would have left at the end of each month and if possible, what expenses can I eliminate (if any). You can also consider other choices to help with budgeting, such as cutting back on going out to restaurants and cook at home instead or cutting back on your favorite coffee shops and brew your own coffee at home.
For me, it helps to make lists -- of things I need to do and things I want to do, and prioritize them accordingly. Keeping your necessary tasks in front of you can help take the stress out of balancing work and school, and also gives you the satisfaction of completing interim daily deadlines.
The other bit of advice I'd offer is to try to find a job somehow related to your field of study, whether it's working as a TA in your department, or working part-time in a local business in your field. That's a great way to double-down on your college jobs -- you'll learn while you earn.
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The second big piece of advice is to budget. I personally made an excel spreadsheet to track my expenses for the semester and made sure to budget in "fun" money and give myself a cushion for any unexpected expenses (like parking tickets). I would try to rent or buy used textbooks as they are significantly cheaper than new ones. Many college clubs offer free food at their events to increase student engagement. Take advantage of all those freebees! Lastly, I would make an appointment with your financial aid office and inquire about any grant or scholarship opportunities available to you. Inquiring about lesser known scholarships saved me a good chunk of money.
Balancing work and school can be very tricky and stressful at times, but it can also be very rewarding. Rewarding because it gives you experience and sets expectations of what it will be like in the workforce but also because it allows you to make great connections with people that you may be able to leverage later on in the future once you graduate.
That said, while I was in college, I did not have a choice. I had to work to cover my regular expenses as I did not have family help, so I had to figure out how to do both. I found it easier to take online classes and evening classes when available. I also created a relationship with my leader so that in times when I had finals or needed flexibility such as days off or to leave early, I could ask for that. Now getting that flexibility with my boss at the time required me to go above and beyond which meant being a team player, perform at desired levels, accommodate when they needed extra help, and even things like share my syllabus as proof. However, it was all worth it for the added flexibility that I gained. When I needed time off or to come in late, it was never a problem.
In the end, I wouldn’t do it any different. I feel like working while in school gave me a bit of a head start in how to balance things in my overall life and provided realistic expectations of what I can expect in the future. After all, everything in life is about balance.
I did both my undergrad and graduate programs while working. I worked 20-30 hours a week during my undergrad program, and a full-time job (and family) during my grad program. It's a lot of work, but it helped to find work that related in some way to my program. I learned that I liked software engineering as a career before finishing my degree. I was able to get four internships that all related to my degree and paid for my tuition!
If you're able, taking online classes while staying at home can be a great way to save money and time. Making a budget and setting aside savings from what you earn is also a good idea to cushion any gap between graduating and finding a job. I didn't do either of these things during my undergrad program, and while I graduated without debt, I ended up spending a lot of money on stuff I didn't really have the time to properly enjoy.
For my grad program, I was further into my career and working full time with a family, so time management became a much larger concern. I don't think I would have completed the program if I hadn't been able to work and take classes remotely, since that saved me 8+ hours per week in commuting. Pacing was another really important strategy I employed. Instead of spending 20 hours doing homework the entire weekend and staying up late, I made sure to do a couple hours of homework every evening, which left me with more time to relax during the weekend and recharge for the following week.
In short, I highly recommend working while you're in school. It's important to pace yourself and make sure you're spending your time and money deliberately. Bonus points if your work relates to school, or vice versa!