Is such a course schedule doable for students with financial aid?

<p>I am a freshman and I wish to take the following courses in Fall:</p>

<p>(1) GER 101: M-F 9:00-9:50 (can’t place out of foreign language requirement)
(2) PHY 105: MTWF 10:00-10:50, M 1:30-4:20 (Lab), W 7:30-10:30 (problem-solving) - I really want to take this course, because I may be a prospective Physics major
(3) MAT 215: MWF 11:00-11:50 - ^ replace by “prospective Math major”
(4) FRS 115: W 1:30-4:20 (I would really love to get into this course if I can - won’t be offered in Spring)</p>

<p>This means that on T, Th and F, my classes finish before lunch. On M, lab will keep me busy till 4:20. W is a mad day - the only free time is 4:30-7:30 (recovery time from non-stop classes from 9:00, and gearing up for evening problem session).</p>

<p>Given the above, I have the following two queries:</p>

<li><p>I am on financial aid, which means a campus job of 8-10 hours per week. Can I fit in my campus job with such a course schedule? Will the hours be flexible in, say, dining services, library, etc.?</p></li>
<li><p>Since I feel that I absolutely have to take FRS 115, this means that I will to postpone my Writing Seminar till Spring. Will they allow me? Can I request Princeton not to assign me one in Fall?</p></li>

<p>What are the current Tigers’ takes on this? Weasel, or anyone else?</p>

<p>A lot depends on the type of job you end up getting. Dining Services is in the evening, but its a rigid schedule. Library jobs are great because you can set your own hours. Working at Frist is also very accommodating since its open from 7AM to 2AM for most of the week (closes at 3AM on the weekend).</p>

I am on financial aid, which means a campus job of 8-10 hours per week.


<p>Is that a general outcome for financial aid recipients at Princeton?</p>

<p>I believe Federal Work-Study Jobs can be included in your financial aid package.</p>


<p>This is what the Princeton Student Employment Handbook 2007-8 says about part-time employment and financial aid: "Job assignments included in financial aid packages assume students will be able to work an average of 8.5 hours a week for 30 weeks during the academic year."</p>


<p>Thanks a lot. Do you think there is any flexibility in the writing seminar assignment (i.e., if I want it in Spring, and not in Fall)?</p>

<p>During your freshman year, you're expected to work 7.5 hours a week for 30 weeks. When you become a sophomore, they make it 8.5 hours a week. </p>

<p>Wannabe, Good luck on getting the courses you want. We may end up seeing each other in German class (always wanted to try it) if I decide not to place out of Japanese.</p>

<p>Being on financial aid should not affect your ability to take the classes you want. Plenty of students (many on financial aid) take 215 and 105 their first semester. The other two classes you are interested in will be easy in comparison. Try to get a library job (or anything other than PUDS) so that you have time to do homework on the job. In my time at Princeton I have not heard a single student on financial aid complain that having a work study job hurt them academically.</p>

<p>This taken from the Writing Seminar website (Writing</a> Seminar Enrollment Process)</p>

<p>Term Assignment Changes</p>

<p>If you have a compelling reason for wanting to change your term assignment, you must make your request by filling out an online request form, which will be available on the Princeton Writing Program website at the appropriate times (see the enrollment schedule). Please be advised that space is limited and not every request can be accommodated.</p>

<p>Thanks a lot Weasel and Oakey! That's most helpful.</p>

Thanks, and good luck to you, too. I look forward to seeing you in GER 101.</p>

<p>Wannabe - don't count on the wrisem course change. I BEGGED for one (I had a full schedule lined up, including an amazing frosh sem with a dream professor and French, a language I wanted to start). I was refused because I could just drop the frosh sem, technically. I decided to take it and drop French, which has really hindered my possible major options. I'm still a little annoyed about this one. The course change was really important to me, but they didn't even consider it. So good luck with that one!</p>

<p>On the other note - I have a campus job, though not for work/study, and it has almost never been a problem. There's always that time when you have to work instead of starting your paper after class, but that's just bad timing. Don't worry about it.</p>

<p>^That's scary, but thanks a lot for letting me know. Do you think it's at all a good idea to plead with the Writing Program Director before term assignments are sent out in late July? Or would that be just plain silly and pointless?</p>

<p>I don't think you could lose anything by preemptively asking for a certain time slot. It may not help you at all, of course, but I doubt it would hurt you. Unfortunately, I don't really know how the system works. I wish you the best of luck. Freshman seminars are often the most painful courses to drop, since they are never offered again, so it's hard that they don't seem to consider them very important.</p>