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Can You Work and Go to School?

By Rachel Levi; For The Clock
On November 3, 2016

Can You Work and Go to School? 

Rachel Levi

For The Clock

rlevi@plymouth.edu 

How do you spend your weekend, Plymouth State Students? Many would say they plan on going out with friends, studying, or catching up on their sleep. Then, there are those who spend their weekends waiting tables, handing back change, and washing dishes. Having a job in college may seem hard to manage. However, in recent years’ tuition rates have been growing and it’s given many college students a reason to start preparing their resumes. 

According to a CNBC article, over the past 25 years over 70 percent of college students work while attending college. The same article states that students are working an average of 30 hours a week, and about 25 percent of them are full time students as we as full time employees. This may seem like an overwhelming engagement to some, but juggling a job and college course work can be very educational as well as rewarding.

Working allows college students the opportunity to work side by side with people of different ages. This is a big change for young college students, after having worked side by side with fellow millennials their entire academic career. As well as gaining the experience of working alongside people of all ages, one may also gain the opportunity to meet and interact with different types of people, and potentially network. Students can gain many other valuable experiences by learning to manage their time between school and work, as well as learning to meet deadlines on time.

It might seem daunting to handle both school and work, but there are many coping mechanisms to relieve stress. As long as you take care of your personal health, manage your time and get plenty of sleep it should be no problem. 

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