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Old 09-21-2015, 04:16 AM   #1
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Working During College

Next week I will be starting my first day of college as a freshman. I currently work at a grocery store and am thinking about quitting. Although I worked during Highschool, I feel that working during college is differnt and may affect my studies more. But... If I quit my job, I won't have money for luxuries. I won't be able to buy clothes, buy car parts, buy my girlfriend things, go out to eat or spend any money besides for gas. Yes, this is a first world problem but growing up with all these luxuries it will be difficult for me to abandon the lifestyle.

If you are wondering, I am still living with my parents free of charge and my parents are also paying for my college. My parents only give me money if it supports my education. Ever since I was old enough I worked at McDonalds so I could have money to hangout. I have made probably around $12,000 from working the past 3 years but because of poor spending and saving habits I only have $3500 saved up.

What should I do? If I stop working, how do I adapt to the change? Or any other way to make money quick doing leagal things... Lol

P.S. Ever since I turned 18 I have been buying lottery tickets atleast 5 times a week...
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It's all about what you want to do. As you said, giving up your job would mean no more extra cirricular activities. However, there is a middle spot - compromise if you will.

Budgeting. Even if you make minimum wage, you can still budget. See what you are spending your hard earned dollars on and cut uneeded expenses. Do you really need new clothes? Do you really need car parts right now? Make your own food and eat out less (women are impressed when a guy cooks for them). Save where and when you can, that way you can still have fun when not studying/attending classes. Oh yeah, stop buying lottery tickets!!!

Really awesome that you are still with your parents and they are helping out with college! I tried not working for a month due to me taking a crazy amount of classes for one quarter when I was still in school. Not having money to do stuff, for the lack of better word, sucks. Yes, you can do things that don't involve money but when you are in a hobby, such as cars, expenses are to be had.

Give it one or two quarters and see how you feel. In my case, I missed having cash in my pocket. In your case, I can't say because I don't know you. :P
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:17 AM   #3
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Does your school offer a work-study program where you can still get a few hours in each week? I was able to do something like this for my undergrad program. The school would post local jobs either on or off campus and they would work with your school schedule.

Also... you'll have more "free time" during college. At least I did. But that's your choice to either study or work.
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News flash:
You will be working while trying to do something else for the rest of your life. I know there is a whole school of thought that says "Focus on your studies only" and as great a plan as that may be it does not reflect real life. I spent much of my young, post military life holding down a full time job, a part time job and night studies and although it was rough I feel I came out better for it in the end. Keep the job study hard and if something has to give then reduce the social life for a couple of years. There will be time for fun when you are finished school.
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My university workload did not allow me to have any part time job (30+ hours week courses), so it was tough on the pocket.

I ended up getting a decent summer job that allowed me to not work all school year, but you gotta plan accordingly

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Don't quit your job , there is no easy way to succeed in life. You will learn valuable lessons working and going to school. You will learn the necessary skills not taught in college by working at the same time.

You will also mature faster by not relaying on your parents for such luxuries. It great you have help from your parents but you are 18 you should pitch in by at least working.

The hard work will pay off in way you wont fathom in till later in the future , invest in your self for growth not extra time for homework. You will learn valuable time management skills once you get your priorities correct.

Quit the groceries store to get a better job you like and with higher pay/less hours.

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I worked two jobs (40-50 hrs a week) while going to school (college). It allowed me to progress in a career to where I realized college was worthless to me so I dropped out. Even while doing a full schedule (15 credit hours) it was still very manageable however free time is limited so your relationship with your GF and friends will suffer a bit with that kind of schedule. Chicks come and go so that really shouldn't worry you that much at your age. You could easily work part time with a 15 credit hour class schedule. It'll be easier to do this the first 2-3 years when classes are a lot if general crap and not as focused on whatever degree you are pursuing.
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i "thought" i was busy in college but it doesn't even compare to the real world. trust me you have plenty of extra time for a job (unless you have an engineering major or something crazy). I would try to get a job that has a lot of downtime and lets you study while you work. like working the front desk at a hotel.
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i "thought" i was busy in college but it doesn't even compare to the real world. trust me you have plenty of extra time for a job (unless you have an engineering major or something crazy). I would try to get a job that has a lot of downtime and lets you study while you work. like working the front desk at a hotel.
^ This is exactly what I did, except at a gym.
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Definitely work!!! Even if you're only working 10hrs a week, a little cash in your pocket is always good. Plus, unless you're taking a ridiculous amount of credits, you will have more free time than you think.

All through HS my teachers would tell us horror stories about how tough college was going to be. That was a load of BS! Yea, I had a really tough class here and there, but mostly I was able to take a full course load and hold 1-3 jobs without feeling like I was running on empty.

...Except for finals, finals will fuck your shit up. But it's over quickly and then you can sleep for 80hrs straight.

And like everyone else said already, try to find a job that doesn't burn you out and allows you to study. Receptionist/RA/Freelancer/etc
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I'm a 3rd year computer engineer at UCSB and work for a small engineering company. I find that I still have a lot of time but then again engineering doesn't really require me to read or write a lot of papers.

Regardless, I suggest just trying it out. Hardest part about going to college is trying to adapt.

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Last year I actually had class from 11 am to 11 pm straight, every wednesday. (2 4 hour labs and couple classes and sections). It is very possible. However, I am an intern and my company is willing to give me hours around my schedule. If your job doesn't allow you to do that then I recommend quitting and finding another position. You can always work for the school dining commons or other services.

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Also in my school we have a program where we can get paid for taking notes and submitting it for disabled students. It's a great way to make money, help fellow students, and motivate you in school. You can always talk to advisors too.
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Don't quit. Trust me working through college (I worked 30-40 hours a week normally) is a great thing. It will teach you to prioritize whats important to get done that day. Granted there will be days it will suck trust me. It will also prepare you for the real world as well.
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WORK WORK WORK!!!!!


even if its just a couple hours a week, the extra cash will help!


or apply for a credit card and put yourself in dept with it
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