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Has anyone worked more than one job as a full time student?
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If so, how long did you do it and how did you survive?

I'm taking 21 credit hours, two jobs, and an internship. Thankfully I'm done in December, but it's only the second week that I've been doing this and all I want to do is just sleep. Like for an entire day.

There's only so much coffee in the world...
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If so, how long did you do it and how did you survive?

I'm taking 21 credit hours, two jobs, and an internship. Thankfully I'm done in December, but it's only the second week that I've been doing this and all I want to do is just sleep. Like for an entire day.

There's only so much coffee in the world...


When I went to college, I would take between 15-18 credits a semester,commute 2.5 hours to school and work 20-30 hours a week.I would walk 5 miles to work each way as well.My major was architecture, one of the most time consuming college majors. . I managed to graduate with a respectable 3.46 GPA

30+ hrs a week in the classroom
30 hrs a week in the bus and transportation
25(rounded) at work

168(hours in a week)-85=83 hours to do school work,study and sleep

That means 83 hours a week to study and sleep.I would never have a day off and completely stay awake at least 2 days a week. So to answer your question, impossible!Simply not enough hours in a week. I'd suggest that you find another way unless you don't have a choice. Maybe take a few less credits if necessary.


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PruBenAzul wrote:

If so, how long did you do it and how did you survive?

I'm taking 21 credit hours, two jobs, and an internship. Thankfully I'm done in December, but it's only the second week that I've been doing this and all I want to do is just sleep. Like for an entire day.

There's only so much coffee in the world...


When I went to college, I would take between 15-18 credits a semester,commute 2.5 hours to school and work 20-30 hours a week.I would walk 5 miles to work each way as well.My major was architecture, one of the most time consuming college majors. . I managed to graduate with a respectable 3.46 GPA

30+ hrs a week in the classroom
30 hrs a week in the bus and transportation
25(rounded) at work

168(hours in a week)-85=83 hours to do school work,study and sleep

That means 83 hours a week to study and sleep.I would never have a day off and completely stay awake at least 2 days a week. So to answer your question, impossible!Simply not enough hours in a week. I'd suggest that you find another way unless you don't have a choice. Maybe take a few less credits if necessary.



Whoa. That's intense. Especially for architecture. So many models and presentations. Thankfully only my internship is far away (40mins).
I wish I could. I tried to drop the internship but my college won't let me and I need it to graduate.
When did you find time to eat? I'm living off of junk and fruit.
Posted 8/25/15 , edited 8/25/15
Yep, i was in a partnership for a long time, i didn't need to be in the office most of the times. Now and then i'd do some normal jobs near my place. I think i got about 3 hours of sleep [normally] and I still had time to waste and energy. I guess commuting is the biggest waste of time and the one to leave you absolutely knackered.
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Yes I have I worked two jobs while I was a full time student. I don't really know how I managed to do it but I did regardless I was very sleep deprived but I toughed through it because it was something that I had to do
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Yup I worked two jobs and went to school full time and in my last year my 6th child was born too.
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Whoa. That's intense. Especially for architecture. So many models and presentations. Thankfully only my internship is far away (40mins).
I wish I could. I tried to drop the internship but my college won't let me and I need it to graduate.
When did you find time to eat? I'm living off of junk and fruit.


Is your major something you love? If it wasn't architecture, I most likely wouldn't have pursued a formal education. Dropping the internship would be a bad idea, it should make the transition to work a little easier for you. One thing I've regretted is not having anytime to do internships while at school. Luckily, in design class, you can eat without looking like a total jerk. Its more interactive and less regimented than a typical classroom environment.

Out of your options I'd say lower the work hours by a little if possible. I know it may not be possible,it wasn't for me. Is it critical to take 21 credits now or can you bring it down to 18 or so?Sometimes its better to lessen the load a little. Good luck, whatever you decide to do, its possible. You'll get rest eventually
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No, thank goodness
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kamahl01 wrote:


PruBenAzul wrote:
Whoa. That's intense. Especially for architecture. So many models and presentations. Thankfully only my internship is far away (40mins).
I wish I could. I tried to drop the internship but my college won't let me and I need it to graduate.
When did you find time to eat? I'm living off of junk and fruit.


Is your major something you love? If it wasn't architecture, I most likely wouldn't have pursued a formal education. Dropping the internship would be a bad idea, it should make the transition to work a little easier for you. One thing I've regretted is not having anytime to do internships while at school. Luckily, in design class, you can eat without looking like a total jerk. Its more interactive and less regimented than a typical classroom environment.

Out of your options I'd say lower the work hours by a little if possible. I know it may not be possible,it wasn't for me. Is it critical to take 21 credits now or can you bring it down to 18 or so?Sometimes its better to lessen the load a little. Good luck, whatever you decide to do, its possible. You'll get rest eventually


Not really. But I'm good at it. My internship is kind of a simple thing. Kinda a waste because all I'm doing is counting numbers and ordering things when needed. It's not for a company or anything. However, my job at the dean's office is awesome because they're considering paying for me to finish my undergrad for engineering since I only had like six classes left before I switched to business. I want to do project management in the future so hopefully that works out.

As for credit hours I'm doing this to graduate in December. If I don't, I won't be able to afford the spring semester. Two of the jobs are to graduate and pay tuition. The third job is to pay gas/bills/food.
And thank you. I plan on sleeping as soon as I walk for graduation on December 16
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By the way, y'all are awesome.
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Nah, and plus I'm not even old enough to have a job yet, haha. But that sounds like torture, and I feel bad.
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I had two jobs and was going to school in another town which was at least an hours drive and i didnt have a car so at 3am id go with my dad and hed drop me off at school on the way to work. id sleep in the lobby until more students arrived and it was too noisy to sleep. then id go to classes. Dad would pick me up on his way home. after stopping home to change id go to my job of refilling ink cartridges. for a short time i had a second job which i squished into my schedule at a local hardware shop. needless to say i was always tired, i wasnt getting my homework done, i was miserable and had wild mood swings causing me to have horrible fits of anger and full blown crying for little to no reason. just because you can fit alot into your schedule doesnt mean you should. the human body and mind needs time to relax and do nothing.
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I had two jobs and was going to school in another town which was at least an hours drive and i didnt have a car so at 3am id go with my dad and hed drop me off at school on the way to work. id sleep in the lobby until more students arrived and it was too noisy to sleep. then id go to classes. Dad would pick me up on his way home. after stopping home to change id go to my job of refilling ink cartridges. for a short time i had a second job which i squished into my schedule at a local hardware shop. needless to say i was always tired, i wasnt getting my homework done, i was miserable and had wild mood swings causing me to have horrible fits of anger and full blown crying for little to no reason. just because you can fit alot into your schedule doesnt mean you should. the human body and mind needs time to relax and do nothing.


Wow. That's a lot. I'm glad you made it through. And yes, this sounds accurate. I'm a lot more moody now. But I'm trying to get as much homework as I can done at one of my jobs because they allow it when it's not busy.
I will probably not ever do this again. Here's to hoping I keep my grades up.
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PruBenAzul wrote:

If so, how long did you do it and how did you survive?

I'm taking 21 credit hours, two jobs, and an internship. Thankfully I'm done in December, but it's only the second week that I've been doing this and all I want to do is just sleep. Like for an entire day.

There's only so much coffee in the world...



Back than I only went to college without having to get jobs, Family supported me. Did I wish I had jobs? Yes Why? Because of Discipline

Trust me PruBenAzul you want to make this a Good work habits. Within 10 years later once you got a Career and you'll noticed some co-worker are lazy due to being spoiled and not having to work while in college, they were busy playing video game, rather doing their own thing instead of studing.

You will look back and being thankful for the hard work you had, or otherwise you wouldn't have this Good Work Habits

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PruBenAzul wrote:

If so, how long did you do it and how did you survive?

I'm taking 21 credit hours, two jobs, and an internship. Thankfully I'm done in December, but it's only the second week that I've been doing this and all I want to do is just sleep. Like for an entire day.

There's only so much coffee in the world...



Back than I only went to college without having to get jobs, Family supported me. Did I wish I had jobs? Yes Why? Because of Discipline

Trust me PruBenAzul you want to make this a Good work habits. Within 10 years later once you got a Career and you'll noticed some co-worker are lazy due to being spoiled and not having to work while in college, they were busy playing video game, rather doing their own thing instead of studing.

You will look back and being thankful for the hard work you had, or otherwise you wouldn't have this Good Work Habits



Oh yeah I have excellent habits from being involved in sports growing up. And quite honestly, it's probably the only reason why I'm keeping up with such a busy schedule. Having good work ethic is very important to me. I agree with you. A lot of my friends are really lazy and not good workers.
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