Quitting your work/study job?

<p>My daughter is a freshman and in the school's honor's program and is just very overwhelmed with all the work. She is staying up late every night just to keep up with the reading and the 5 page papers, 15 page papers, 40-50 calc problems, tests, etc. </p>

<p>She works about 7 to 10 hours a week as an assistant to a professor who keeps her very busy. She never has time to do homework when she is at her job, as she sees other kids do. (Like a friend of hers who works in the print shop, and does homework whenever there is no printing to be done.) </p>

<p>School is just getting to be too much for her. She is so tired.
I told her to tell her boss that she needs to reduce her hours to about 5 a week, or needs to quit completely. Her boss loves her and has said she doesn't know what she'd do without her. I'm afraid she is going to find out real soon.</p>

<p>My daughter insists that she gets a break on the room and board bill (she is there on a full tuition scholarship, we only pay room and board) because of her job. She thinks if she quits, we will get a $1,000 increase. I don't know where she got that from. I told her I think that work study is just for the pocket money, and has nothing to do with the bill.</p>

<p>Can anyone verify this for me?
And I read in other posts that she might not get offered work study for next year if she didn't work this year. Is that also true if she has to quit her job? I think next year won't be as overwhelming as this year is and she might be able to swing all the work plus a job. Or she can find an easier job. Next year.</p>

<p>At the vast majority of schools, federal work study is paid directly to the student (via direct deposit/ check). Most schools consider money earned from FWS to be for "personal expenses" and not direct payment to the school for tuition/ r&b/ fees. </p>

<p>Some colleges do not have enough FWS money to go around so they don't offer it to students who have declined it in the past. It depends on the school's policy, what will happen in your D's case. </p>

<p>One final thought-- has your D met with her school's equivalent of the "academic support center" for advice on time management? As an experienced college student, I can say that there is a difference between "I don't have enough time to do it" and "I didn't use my time wisely enough so that I could have time to do it." (If it's not using time wisely situation, then quitting one's job doesn't help, because then one just has even more hours to procrastinate).</p>

<p>Thanks for the info. I told her the work study is just for her own pocket money but she disagrees, and she's usually very on top of things.</p>

<p>I hear you, but no, I don't think she's procrastinating. They did have a time management seminar in their english class.
She is involved in two activities and sees occasional Broadway shows, but most of the time, she's working. Yesterday she walked to a Michaels to buy knitting needles and yarn because she wants to keep her hands moving when she's reading, and then last night she was kicking herself because she spent that hour going to Michaels rather than working on her paper, which she was doing at 11 last night when I was IMing with her.</p>

<p>I told her she is allowed to have an hour to take a walk and buy something, but she was so tired and just wanted to sleep, but had to stay up and do work. Her roommates watch a lot of tv, go out a lot, drink a lot, and then will take Adderall and stay up an entire night and get everything done at the last minute. It doesn't help.</p>

<p>I think your D should email or go see someone in the FA office to clarify what the implications of dropping w/s are and then make her decision.</p>

<p>I agree sk8rmom, I just sent her an email telling her that she should try to get over to the FA office and talk to someone. thanks.</p>

<p>"Her roommates watch a lot of tv, go out a lot, drink a lot, and then will take Adderall and stay up an entire night and get everything done at the last minute. It doesn't help."</p>

<p>She also may need to consider changing roommates, so that she is living with people who keep schedules more like hers.</p>

<p>Oh yeah, trust me, she will change roommates for next year. There is no opportunity to change for next semester, but she is already try to come up with people to ask about for next year.</p>