By Jakeyia A. Ellis
The struggle of going to school and work for a full-time college student can be both hard and very time consuming or not hard at all and very manageable.
According to CBS News “A new U.S. Census report determined that 71 percent of the nation’s 19.7 million college undergraduates were working in 2011. Of that number, one in five undergrads were working at least 35 hours a week year-round.”
If college students work, most colleges prefer that they only work 15 hours a week maximum to allow time for studying and school work.
A junior at William Peace University, Tyre’ Carmon feels that working full time inhibits his ability to enjoy friends and family.
“Working full time and going to school full time as well can be stressful at times depending on my course load for the week. I usually do not have time to do much during the week except school assignments and working. I have to work full time in order to pay my bills each month. I make time for my family and friends whenever I have a break from school if my time allows me,” said Carmon.
On the other hand, working and balancing a job is not always hard for everyone.
“I currently do not feel as though I have any obstacles between the two, work and school. The school work is not hard and it allows me to have time to study, hangout with friends and get enough sleep. Everything is balanced out for me right now and I am currently searching for a second part-time job,” said Treneika Jackson, a junior at William Peace University.
Balancing both school and work can be hard or easy depending on the person. Some students have no choice but to work while in school and being able to support themselves financially.
According to Fox Business, the best way to manage both work and school is to “create a calendar, know you have to prioritize, learn how to multi-task and seek out support resources.”
Most of all, when balancing both school and work, make sure to spend with family and friends to relax and take a break from the chaos school and work.