Job at school

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 7:28am
On Friday my son called me and he was very excited because he had landed a job in the cafeteria. He will be making $9/hour which is great, but he will be working 11 hours each weekend(10 to 4 Sat, 4 to 9 Sun). I think it is great that he got a job, but I wish he only worked one of these shifts. Do your kids have job at school? How many hours do they work? I am really worried that this may be just a little too much work for his freshman year.

Robin

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 8:27am

My boys didn't work while they were in college although looking back I kind of wish I would have encouraged it. My sil's dds have all worked through college and have all done very well. 11 hours really isn't that much and they are ideal hours. He has all his week days free for class and studying and his Saturday night free for relaxing and socializing. Sunday morning free if he's a church goer and the afternoon to prepare for classes on Monday if he needs to.

Pam
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 8:51am
Thanks for your response and for making me feel a little better about this. I do think it is good that he got a job and it is great that he was smart enough to choose hours that would be the least likely to interfere with his studies. I am not too happy that he chose to drop out of marching band in order to get this job, but that is totally up to him and it is not as if he made an irresponsible decision. I guess I am just concerned that he is not the best at organizing his time, but I suppose that if he has problems organizing his time it is not going to be any better just because he has more of it. I guess I just wish he had a whole day off to enjoy doing things around Golden/Denver with his friends. To me that is an important part of college as well.

Robin
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 9:05am

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This all depends on what he is studying.

My kids did not work. The weekends were spent working on their group projects, catching up on assignments, doing lab reports, getting thir groceries, doing their washing etc.. There was many a Saturday or Sunday, we would go and see them. Take them out fo lunch, grab a few things at the grocery store and hurry back to to the university because they had meetings with

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 9:15am
My son is studying engineering either civil or geological. He hasn't made up his mind yet, but it is kind of like choosing between shades of grey. He is interested in hydrogeology and he can really do it in either department. In any case he does not have an easy major. He should have a lot of work and he should have to work over weekends. I think he figures that inn high school he did better at managing his time when he had marching band. Marching band was very demanding about 15 to 30 hours a week from August through November. I have a feeling that he figures if having an extra curricular activity helps me focus I might as well make some money in the process. But I am not sure he understands how much more demanding college is than high school. I guess I have to just stay out of it and let him find his own way.

Robin
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 9:41am

Mine worked about 10 hours freshman year off campus (lifeguarding at a rec center, two 4-5 hour shifts), and this year (soph) works ~16, from 4:45pm-1am both Friday and Saturday nights at a local "museum" (not like any other museum) - he loves it, including the hours (not for me!). And no, it hasn't gotten in the way of school.

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 9:45am
My guess is he's changing priorities. I majored in physics and ended up doubling in math, which was pretty demanding too (usually 21 hours/quarter) and didn't work til Jr year, but I also drove to/from school (about an hour each way in Chicago traffic) and made dinner nightly for the 3 of us at home, so that in itself was probably about 10-15 hours and did just fine. I did TA in grad school (EE and physics) and that was about 10 hours/week of my time; again very doable. And in both instances (undergrad and grad) I played IM volleyball while at school, and had time for one evening/week with friends.

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 9:46am
Thanks Sue. This is what I want to hear and what I hope happens. My son likes to work hard and I think something fairly mindless like working in the cafeteria could end up being a nice break. We'll see.

Robin
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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 11:16am

My ds worked about 10 hrs/wk at campus jobs all through college after freshman year. The nice thing about the campus jobs is that they generally "close"

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 1:49pm

My DS is in Electrical. His university actually does not recommend that the students work during the school yea; prefers that the student takes advantage of the extra-curiculum engineering activities at the university.

Was he semistered in high school? That makes a big difference in managing ones' time.

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Mon, 09-19-2011 - 2:22pm
Yes he did have a semester system in high school. Still college is huge step up from high school. I am really hoping that he has a clear understanding of that.

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