Working Students

  1. How many classes can you realistically take in the Fall? What is the most you have taken and been okay with it? I have a 36 1/2 hr work week with alot of extra time to spare (for studying, homework, etc.)

    Forgot to add I am referring to pre-req's only, not Nursing courses...
    Last edit by KattB on Mar 30, '04 : Reason: forgot to add
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   manna
    I think it probably depends on other obligations (things outside of work that you are committed to) as well as study skills, determination, etc.

    I work 42 hours a week, am taking 10 hours this semester (all online - chemistry, philosophy and literature), have two small boys (5yrs and 2yrs) and a virtually absent husband. It's killing me. The workload isn't so bad, but the stress is horrendous.

    Good luck!
  4. by   KattB
    WOW Manna!! You are amazing to be able to do all of that! My hats off to you!
  5. by   Achoo!
    I think it depends on the classes too. Sociology and Algebra required hardly any out of class studying for me, where as A&P is 10+ hours a week.
  6. by   KattB
    Thank you for your replies Manna and Achoo..I am trying to figure this all out and it helps to get others experiences and what they do,or have done, etc. When I said I have free time, I am meaning alot of free time at work which is really convienent for the online classes, which I am trying to take mostly, so I am wondering how many I can handle. How about during the summer semesters? How many credit hours can you handle then?
  7. by   AmyLiz
    I've taken up to 10 credit hours per term. Depends on the classes, really. I try to pair up an "easier" class with a "Tougher" class when it comes to pre- and co-req's. Two "tougher" classes would kick my patootie.
  8. by   KattB
    AmyLiz...do you work full time too? What about during the summer, have you taken more than one class at the same time?
  9. by   JenRN_2B
    Quote from manna
    The workload isn't so bad, but the stress is horrendous.
    Amen sister!

    I work 24-32 hours per week, take 2 nursing classes (although last semester I took 4), and have two kiddos. Next fall I'm taking 15 credit hours. It's possible, but stressful.
  10. by   StacyC417
    Last Summer I took 9 credits and worked 40 hours a week...Since last fall, though, I have been taking 12 credits and I changed my work schedule to about 20-25 hours a week. I am able to take all online classes, though, which makes it about a million times easier. I don't know what I am going to do when I actually have to GO to class. At least this way I can do my coursework with my little one (I have a three year old) looking over my shoulder.

    Good luck,
    Stacy
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Only taking Nursing I in the fall. Both prereqs required are done.
  12. by   Lasoniamacaroni
    I quit my day job and started waiting tables on the weekends when I started my "actual" nursing classes. I worked 30 hours this past weekend. At the end of my shift on Sunday I gave him a piece of paper with my NEW 18 hour availability. I couldn't do it. I was soooo tired by Monday when I had to go to school I couldn't even see straight. This new scheduled should work out great. I will only work all day Friday and Saturday night. It depends solely on the type of job you have too. Anything physically demanding will take it's toll on your quicker. I am just going to have to make some sacrifice till the end of this semester, then work my behind off this summer to save up.

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