+1. I honestly believe if I didn't work I wouldn't do as well in school as I do. If I'm not under pressure I slack off and procrastinate. I work between 24-32 hours a week usually and I think it helps my studying because I know any free time I have I NEED to be studying and don't have time to sit on facebook or watch tv. That's just my personality though, there are others who are very disciplined even if they have all the time in the world, but I'm not one of them lol
I don't have kids, but I live in an apartment with my bf, have rent, bills, etc. I do use some student loan money because other wise I would need to work full time. I usually work 24-32 hours a week. Yeah, it sucks lol. I'm either at school, at work, or studying, but I've done well. You really need to be okay with having no life besides school and work. Granted I know most people who work don't work as much as me. I usually work 12 hour shifts and sometimes 1 8 hour shift, which works out nice with school. I work in the ER and I LOVE it. It's by no means an easy job, but I love it and learn so much and I wouldn't trade it for smoothie king, retail, an office job, etc. Even if I didn't have to work I probably still would, just not as much..but I've worked at least part time since i was 15 so I'm just used to working and going to school. If you do plan on working I would try to find a job in healthcare, as it will help you with school and hopefully give you an advantage in finding a job.