Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Working Too Much Outside of School

July 8, 2015

Dear Cathy:

I just started college and have a job on the side but I am wandering if working too much outside of school will hinder me from obtaining my college degree.  What is your advice?  Working Hard in College, Minnesota

Dear Working Hard in College:

College is a time for you to have adventures and meet new friends that will probably be in your life for the rest of your life.  Getting a job in school is not a bad thing to do. As a matter of fact, it builds character. 

But you should work only to support your basic needs while you are in college.  If you find yourself working non-stop in order to pay for things that you shouldn’t be buying in college, then that is when it is time for you to settle down and reconsider your priorities.

Your professors are not going to care if your grades are in the toilet because you are engaged in too many outside activities so it is your responsibility to keep up in class. You will have the rest of your life to work, make money and buy all the finer things in life so be careful taking on too many responsibilities while you are in college.

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