Student's dilemma: To work or
not to work?
November 11, 2008 | Some may say that there is only
one or the other, while others may feel that the other
will only get in the way of the one. I say that: How
can you not do both? In this day and age, it is almost
impossible to go to school without working at the same
time. The financial demands put on students are through
Do we not go to school just so we can get a degree
that will then lead to a job? Why then, do we not set
aside work now and get everything we can out of this
experience? Even with scholarships, school still costs
a lot of money. Books? Fees? My scholarship doesn't
even cover all those essentials. I get financial aid
from the government and that added to my scholarship
doesn't cover everything for me. I still dip into my
own money each semester.
To top it all off, they make you buy the right to
park your car on campus and then charge you extra money
if you stay in that parking lot for too long. Living
on campus should be cheap, but they make you buy a parking
If I didn't work I would not survive. I have to get
at least 30 hours a week so I can have health insurance
as well. Many students pick up at least part-time work
while they are in school in order to eat. Unless you
want to be in school forever you have to take a decent
amount of credits each semester as well. Sleep and play
are two luxuries that are unfortunately things of the
past for students. Well, at least most students.
The one chance we have to enjoy the "college life" has
been taken away by all the money we throw at the system.
In today's society, such a high percent of people in
the work force have bachelor's degrees that in order
to get ahead you have to get a master's degree. It is
ludicrous to look at costs of those post-graduate programs.
Certain grad schools will cost you over $70,000 by the
time you are done, and that is just tuition. Luckily
the starting pay for graduates from schools that expensive
is high enough that you should be able to pay off all
your student loans in time for your kids to go to school.