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Should I take 18 units while working full time?

FlicksCodeFlicksCode 3 replies1 threads New Member
So I am planning on taking 18 units and I work full time, do you think is possible or should I drop to 15?
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  • KatMTKatMT College Rep 4179 replies71 threads Senior Member
    @FlicksCode is 18 units 6 classes? That is generally a lot for moat students, even if only working part time, or not at all.

    How many hours will you be in class with 18 units?

    Is this online, in person, or a combination?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83929 replies745 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2019
    18 units (assuming semester hour or quarter hour equivalent, as the term is often used in California) presumably means a nominal workload of 18 * 3 = 54 hours per week of school work (in class and out of class). That may be difficult to add to 40 hours of paid work, plus sleeping (56 hours per week if you sleep 8 hours per day), commuting, eating, etc. within a 168 hour week.
    edited August 2019
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  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3730 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Not a good idea
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  • SybyllaSybylla 5117 replies61 threads Senior Member
    What is your major? Do have a family? The obvious answer is of course not. If you need to work full time for money then look at using all 3 semesters and grind through with a lower load. The cost of credits is much too expensive not to do extremely well in. Every time you get a sub par grade, it is wasting your money.
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  • Autumn901Autumn901 16 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Well, no, but the question is what to cut back on-- classes or work. If cutting hours will prolong your time in school, this could be extremely expensive. I'd recommend cutting work hours and becoming more frugal with your money, or take out as small a student loan as you can to get by.
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  • FlicksCodeFlicksCode 3 replies1 threads New Member
    @KatMT 3 online classes, 1 hybrid and one 2 in person.
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  • FlicksCodeFlicksCode 3 replies1 threads New Member
    @ucbalumnus Thanks for your feedback, I didn't think of it that way, it would be my first semester in computer science. Perhaps I will stick to the 12 units.
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  • FlicksCodeFlicksCode 3 replies1 threads New Member
    @Sybylla No family support, and my major is computer science. Considering what you all have said, I will drop down to 12 units. I think that's doable, it would be my first semester.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11617 replies155 threads Senior Member
    No, do not take 18 units of academic coursework while working full time as you may do poorly at both. Moreover, attempting to undertake such an obvious overload raises questions about one's maturity level.
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  • SybyllaSybylla 5117 replies61 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2019
    The family question is about whether you have obligations to (not support from) a family? It is easier for sure if you are not married with kids (as many non trads are). The thing about college is starting strong is such a boost, consider trying to get a job that allows you to work less hours and has tuition reimbursement? What is your current job?
    edited August 2019
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