work study

<p>i want to hear some work study experiences.
im afraid it will be too hard to focus on studying while working.
im thinking about paying the money instead of work study and taking out loans for the rest.
i really need to get good grades and also i want to do activities..</p>

<p>It may depend on the size of the work/study award; i.e., how many hours per week you'd need to work to earn the award. A study found that</p>

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Working a limited number of hours (e.g., 10 hours a week) at an on-campus job appears to have positive impacts on student performance, while working a significant number of hours (e.g., 35 hours or more per week) has adverse consequences.

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<p>Working</a> in College</p>

<p>LasMa is right. Those who work a few hours a week (say, maybe 8-10 hours) usually do better in college. Those who work a bit STILL have time for studying and fun.</p>

<p>Some kids wrongly don't want to do work study because they would rather take out loans and have more time to have fun. That isn't a wise decision. </p>

<p>Paying off student loans is not fun, especially if in hindsight you realize that the payments would have been less if you had done some work/study.</p>

<p>Kids in college have a LOT of out-of-class time. You're not in school as long as you were in high school. </p>

<p>If you take classes from, say 9am - noon, you'll still have time to work a few hours a couple of days a week and still have plenty of time for studying and fun. Believe me. </p>

<p>My kids each work 8-10 hours a week and get straight As. Their majors are math and Chemical Engineering...(so not easy majors at all). They still go to many activities and fun events.</p>

<p>I agree, it depends on your hours. Also depends on how you break down your hours.</p>

<p>My kids worked up to ten hours a week. Both said it actually HELPED them budget their time. The reality is that attending classes is not as time consuming as in high school....neither of my kids attended classes 6 1/2 hours a day five days a week. Yes...they had more homework...but my kids had a lot of homework in high school. DD's job was work study funded for her (because she had WS)...but it was also funded by the university. She was able to work very flexible hours, and by the time she was a junior, she was able to choose her hours. DS worked off campus...but his job was in the evening when, as he put it, he would have been sitting around anyway. He was also fortunate that his employer was flexible. He worked the same job for three years and by the time he was a senior, he too was able to choose his shifts.</p>

<p>Another plus was that both kiddos were able to get excellent letters of recommendations because they had the same boss for three or four years.</p>

<p>that sounds great. thanks for all the inputs, everyone!
but what happens if you cant earn up to that amount you need?
mine is 2,500.
also what if i cant find the job?</p>

<p>If you can't earn up to the amount or you can't find a job, then you'll be short money-wise.</p>

<p>Some schools find jobs for you. Some schools have "first come, first serve" so you'll need to ask what your school does so you'll be prepared. </p>

<p>I'm not sure who you ask about finding W/S jobs, but you could start with the FA office and they could direct you if you need to talk to another dept.</p>