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Should I take 18 units while working full time?

FlicksCodeFlicksCode 3 replies1 postsRegistered User 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 4128 replies68 postsCollege Rep 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 77098 replies671 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 12
    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 12
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  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3316 replies11 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Not a good idea
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  • SybyllaSybylla 3559 replies40 postsRegistered User 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 14 replies0 postsRegistered User New 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 postsRegistered User New Member
    @KatMT 3 online classes, 1 hybrid and one 2 in person.
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  • FlicksCodeFlicksCode 3 replies1 postsRegistered User 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 postsRegistered User 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 7582 replies79 postsRegistered User 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 3559 replies40 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 16
    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 16
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