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Old 09-28-2011, 11:06 PM
 
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How many of you went to school part-time while working a 40 hour a week job?

I just transferred to a 4 year college after receiving my associates. I really am not sure I'll be able to handle it. I'm majoring in accounting so I will take some very difficult classes. Between working 40 hours a week and taking 2 classes a semester of those type of business courses. I just am not sure I will be able to handle it.

I've been going to a CC for awhile part-time while working full time and I finally accomplished that. But I'm starting to think that I'm just getting in over my head.

I know it's possible but going part-time it will take 4-5 years so it's a long exhausting road.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:30 AM
 
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If you are having a hard time with two classes ,then reduce it if possibles to one .Ask yourself ,can I afford to work part time or is full time neccessary for your needs ?This is something only you can answer in regards to your financial matters .
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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I did it with undergrad and I'm doing it now in grad school. I work 50 hours a week now. Sometimes I worked a lot more than that while in undergrad. Many people have done it, and will continue to do it. Whether you do it or not is up to you.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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Got to work at 5AM, my Sgt let me go early (4:30 PM)
And I drove straight to school.

In class till 9, then went home to do homework and sleep.
3x week.

What sucked was when I had to get home and do homework before bed!
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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I did it when I was in school.It was really hard for me. My grades went downhill.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:32 AM
 
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If you are having a hard time with two classes ,then reduce it if possibles to one .Ask yourself ,can I afford to work part time or is full time neccessary for your needs ?This is something only you can answer in regards to your financial matters .

Well, I'm only taking 1 class right now I mentioned 2 because realistically I will have to take 2 classes.

The only reason I took 1 this time was because I wanted to get the hang of A, taking a 300+ level class and B, getting used to going to that school. Plus, I didn't have any other classses that I felt comfortable taking at the time (classes were full).

Working part-time is not an option. I'm almost 30 and while I don't have a mortgage I do have to maintain my current job. I have a good job now with security and people around me that I feel good about. So I wouldn't want to jeaporadize that by quitting.

I think a big problem for me is the long road ahead. Then I keep reading about how a business major is a dime a dozen and not that great. Accounting is in it's own little world but really unless you go about getting your CPA I'm not sure how important accounting is.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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I did it with undergrad and I'm doing it now in grad school. I work 50 hours a week now. Sometimes I worked a lot more than that while in undergrad. Many people have done it, and will continue to do it. Whether you do it or not is up to you.
That's impressive. What is your major/degree in?
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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My opinion... unless its a great job and is paiying for school... quit, go to school full time, or become part time at a bull**** job.


My first go around in school, I worked to much and tried to do school and school suffered, not work. I was doing 40 hours, and ~12 credits.


My 2nd time, I had a pregnant wife, worked 40-50, and had 18 credits. But was in a program I loved. It was hard, took alot of time management but got it done. Grades did slip but I was still 3.75 range.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:19 PM
 
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I work full time (37.5 hrs) a week and attend college above full time, did 18 credits last semester and 15 this semester.

BTW I'm married with children, have a goal and determination and work and college is doable.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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My opinion... unless its a great job and is paiying for school... quit, go to school full time, or become part time at a bull**** job.


My first go around in school, I worked to much and tried to do school and school suffered, not work. I was doing 40 hours, and ~12 credits.


My 2nd time, I had a pregnant wife, worked 40-50, and had 18 credits. But was in a program I loved. It was hard, took alot of time management but got it done. Grades did slip but I was still 3.75 range.
That's easier said than done in this economy. I'm almost 30 years old. I can't afford to just stop working the job I've been at for 13 years with a good future (for somebody with no degree). Especially when they are helpful with school in terms of a school friendly schedule. I do work full time but they are okay with me leaving early days and taking care of personal business when I need to.

But I know what you're saying. It's just there is a future for me at the company I'm at and it does have great security.
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