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El Jefe
09-20-2011, 10:36 AM
Anybody have issues with balancing life with College work? I take all online classes so that helps, but man what a time constraint it is. Online courses have so much busy work to makeup for no lecture time it is unreal. I am taking courses at a Junior College (online) and I am continually spending 10+ hours a week on homework and I am not slow in completing assignments. It's good in the sense I am learning a lot, but I have a hard time getting everything done each week. I work 60+ hours each week and it seems when you add in an additional 10+ hours of school and my other obligations and the fact I am married it's like burning the candle at both ends. I went back to school to learn first and foremost, I'm looking to obtain my degree and the associated knowledge that comes with that, I'm not just looking to get a better job (yeah lol). Anyone else have difficulty with this?

Third Eye
09-20-2011, 10:43 AM
Are you seriously bitching about 10 hours of homework a week?

cdcox
09-20-2011, 10:45 AM
For every hour in class, you should spend 2 hours out of class. So 10 hours of school work would be about right for one 3 hr course.

loochy
09-20-2011, 10:51 AM
For every hour in class, you should spend 2 hours out of class. So 10 hours of school work would be about right for one 3 hr course.

Wow you are actually doing that? You are dedicated my man.

cdcox
09-20-2011, 10:52 AM
Wow you are actually doing that? You are dedicated my man.

I'm the pitcher, not the catcher.

luv
09-20-2011, 10:52 AM
I work and actually go to classes, both full time. I'm pretty non-existent socially Monday through Thursday. There are days I don't see home from 7:30am until 10pm. Thankfully, there's a little time during class which I can get some homework done. Otherwise, homework is on top of that. It's a good thing I didn't have a social life to begin with.

KC Dan
09-20-2011, 10:53 AM
I worked two jobs and went to college classes for four years to get by BS and MBA. It was absolute hell with a family and we didn't get too much quality time together but it has proven to be well worth it. It's tough but if you can make it work, it should pay off in the end

Predarat
09-20-2011, 11:00 AM
I used to do that and balence it pretty well. Looking at now I have no idea how I did it, working 40+ hours, taking 12+ hours a semester. Alot of canned food and frozen pizza.

Bearcat
09-20-2011, 11:00 AM
70 hours a week between work and school will make you pretty damn busy, no matter what else you have going on. I was working a pretty consistent 40/week the last time I was in school, and spent maybe 20 hours/week in class or studying.... but, they were graduate courses and I made it my one goal in life to ace those courses so I could get out of tech support.

Like cdcox said, I think 10 hours/week isn't bad for a 3 hour class.

Pestilence
09-20-2011, 11:02 AM
I worked full-time at my current job, took 3 online classes a semester and still had to fit in my wife and kid. Plus these were classes that required more than 10 hours a week of homework.


Suck it up and deal with it.

loochy
09-20-2011, 11:20 AM
I worked full-time as a male escort for 100 hours a week, took 10 online classes a semester, and I still had to fit in my wife, my mistress, my kid, my wife's kids, the little league team I coach, AND I'm a professional bodybuilder on the side.


Suck it up and deal with it.

vailpass
09-20-2011, 11:31 AM
Ya buncha' dicks. I was getting ready to lay in to the online class thing but after reading all your hard-ass responses I'm just going to commend the guy on holding a down a job and family and trying to find the time to further his education.
Thanks for being part of the 50% of US citizens that pay taxes so the other half can drink your sweat.

El Jefe
09-20-2011, 11:51 AM
I worked full-time at my current job, took 3 online classes a semester and still had to fit in my wife and kid. Plus these were classes that required more than 10 hours a week of homework.


Suck it up and deal with it.

I think some are assuming I am complaining, I was merely seeing how many other people have done it. My 10 hours of homework I am sure would equate to a much higher amount to a normal student. I am by no means a Harvard type student, but I am very intelligent. To be quite honest Junior College is the only thing I can afford or I would go to a private school.

*I applaud any and all of you who have/are currently doing this. To do that and balance children would be awful. To those who are making themselves better :toast:

Dayze
09-20-2011, 11:52 AM
props to you and other who are doing this / have done this.

there's no way I could do it.

El Jefe
09-20-2011, 11:57 AM
Are you seriously bitching about 10 hours of homework a week?

No

Ebolapox
09-20-2011, 12:02 PM
been there/done that. it's all a matter of balancing your time well.

Buehler445
09-20-2011, 12:10 PM
For every hour in class, you should spend 2 hours out of class. So 10 hours of school work would be about right for one 3 hr course.

This. It takes time.

I think some are assuming I am complaining, I was merely seeing how many other people have done it. My 10 hours of homework I am sure would equate to a much higher amount to a normal student. I am by no means a Harvard type student, but I am very intelligent. To be quite honest Junior College is the only thing I can afford or I would go to a private school.

*I applaud any and all of you who have/are currently doing this. To do that and balance children would be awful. To those who are making themselves better :toast:

I worked full time while getting my MBA, and it was tough, just keep your eye on the prize.

The other thing with online classes, you have to get into a routine. Make it part of your schedule. Once you start procrastinating it is very difficult to break the habit.

pr_capone
09-20-2011, 12:15 PM
I'm working 50 hrs per week and taking 9 credit hours. I'll tell you... it can be a very stressful thing. Keep at it through... it will eventually pay off (or so people keep telling me).

Ya buncha' dicks. I was getting ready to lay in to the online class thing but after reading all your hard-ass responses I'm just going to commend the guy on holding a down a job and family and trying to find the time to further his education.
Thanks for being part of the 50% of US citizens that pay taxes so the other half can drink your sweat.

I'm doing the online thing because there is no way in hell I could ever keep up with going to class AND going to work. If I tried, I would surely go Columbine my school. Not because of the stress of so much work but that is just how much I hate being locked into a room with people who cannot keep up with a live lecture.

Saulbadguy
09-20-2011, 12:20 PM
No, it's easy. I should have done this a long time ago.

El Jefe
09-20-2011, 12:38 PM
No, it's easy. I should have done this a long time ago.

Do tell? Also what is your major?

Saulbadguy
09-20-2011, 01:19 PM
Do tell? Also what is your major?

Technology Administration, with a minor in Business, from Washburn University in Topeka, KS.

El Jefe
09-20-2011, 02:10 PM
Technology Administration, with a minor in Business, from Washburn University in Topeka, KS.

And why is it so easy?

Pestilence
09-20-2011, 02:11 PM
I wasn't trying to put you down....FWIW.

Saulbadguy
09-20-2011, 02:14 PM
And why is it so easy?

I don't know. Just is. The junior college (gen ed) stuff was even easier.

luv
09-20-2011, 02:19 PM
Ten more weeks after this one before I only have to go to class on Wednesday nights. I won't know what to do with free evenings. Work out, cook healthy, read more, write more, keep up with my laundry and cleaning. Wow. To have time again!

Bearcat
09-20-2011, 02:23 PM
Ten more weeks after this one before I only have to go to class on Wednesday nights. I won't know what to do with free evenings. Work out, cook healthy, read more, write more, keep up with my laundry and cleaning. Wow. To have time again!

When I was finished school, I moved 180 miles north and started working 60+ hours/week in a new city, which kept me more than busy.... you should do that. :D

Third Eye
09-20-2011, 02:48 PM
No

Good, glad that is settled.

BWillie
09-20-2011, 03:05 PM
Anybody have issues with balancing life with College work? I take all online classes so that helps, but man what a time constraint it is. Online courses have so much busy work to makeup for no lecture time it is unreal. I am taking courses at a Junior College (online) and I am continually spending 10+ hours a week on homework and I am not slow in completing assignments. It's good in the sense I am learning a lot, but I have a hard time getting everything done each week. I work 60+ hours each week and it seems when you add in an additional 10+ hours of school and my other obligations and the fact I am married it's like burning the candle at both ends. I went back to school to learn first and foremost, I'm looking to obtain my degree and the associated knowledge that comes with that, I'm not just looking to get a better job (yeah lol). Anyone else have difficulty with this?

Couldn't get into Ohio State?

Iowanian
09-20-2011, 03:15 PM
No one ever said the climb to the top was easy.

That's why so many stop at the bottom and complain about those who get there.

Do what you need to do now, so you don't have to do that shit any longer....or else stay down on the little hill with the flat peckers.

El Jefe
09-20-2011, 03:36 PM
I don't know. Just is. The junior college (gen ed) stuff was even easier.

I have an accounting class that is kicking me square in the teeth by itself, then I have two other classes that are incredibly annoying, Business Law II for example. I am putting in closer to 20 this quarter.

El Jefe
09-20-2011, 03:36 PM
No one ever said the climb to the top was easy.

That's why so many stop at the bottom and complain about those who get there.

Do what you need to do now, so you don't have to do that shit any longer....or else stay down on the little hill with the flat peckers.

LMAO

El Jefe
09-20-2011, 03:43 PM
Couldn't get into Ohio State?

No I actually had a scholarship to Ohio State (academic and less than 3k per year though), but I chose to go with a less expensive Juco. Ohio State actually shares this location with the JuCo I am going to so I can easily transfer everything to O-State after this year. So I will obtain my Bachelor's from OSU, but my associates from the JuCo. I'm not sure who I will go to for my Master's yet, but I have plenty of years before I have to decide.

El Jefe
09-20-2011, 03:45 PM
Couldn't get into Ohio State?

I know you were attempting to make fun of me, but no I wasn't too "dumb" to get into OSU if that's what you were insinuating.

lewdog
09-20-2011, 06:28 PM
Good luck man. Most people who go to school have done something similar for a while. I don't know how people who work full-time, have kids and are going to school do it. Props to those of you who have or are doing it!

I am doing my best to get through school while I am young so that I don't have to work around family issues like I would have to if I waited. I am racking up the debt, but they keep telling me it is worth it!

crispystl420
09-20-2011, 06:37 PM
What sucks about it the most probably is that your going to community college. I'm doing the same and it's so annoying because it's all busy work with a bunch of lifelines thrown in to save you if you can't ..hold your breath .. ACTUALLY PASS A TEST. I went to Mizzou in the past and it was harder without the lifelines but there wasn't all the BS busy work. I hate that shit just give me the test and if I pass it good if I can't I don't want your busy work as a crutch.

BigRedChief
09-20-2011, 06:52 PM
I was working full time, dealing with life and death every day at work. 12 hours a day. I'd get off work and go to class. Get home at 10:00 pm. Say good night to the family and study and learn until 2:00 am. Get back up at 6:00 am and do it all over again. I did that for 2 fucking years.

Put the sweat and effort into your goal and there will be a reward at the end of the tunnel.

Buehler445
09-20-2011, 07:43 PM
What sucks about it the most probably is that your going to community college. I'm doing the same and it's so annoying because it's all busy work with a bunch of lifelines thrown in to save you if you can't ..hold your breath .. ACTUALLY PASS A TEST. I went to Mizzou in the past and it was harder without the lifelines but there wasn't all the BS busy work. I hate that shit just give me the test and if I pass it good if I can't I don't want your busy work as a crutch.

Really depends on your program of study.

El Jefe
09-21-2011, 02:45 PM
I was working full time, dealing with life and death every day at work. 12 hours a day. I'd get off work and go to class. Get home at 10:00 pm. Say good night to the family and study and learn until 2:00 am. Get back up at 6:00 am and do it all over again. I did that for 2 ****ing years.

Put the sweat and effort into your goal and there will be a reward at the end of the tunnel.

Awesome man, that is really a great story, kudos to you for being able to do it! It's always nice to see those who've done it, gives me an extra little motivation.

gblowfish
09-21-2011, 03:33 PM
I'm in my early 50s now. When I was in my early 20s I was carrying 16 hours of graduate school, working a full time 40 hour a week pro radio gig, spending about 30 hours a week managing a student radio station and doing TV camera work for about 10 hours on the weekend. I literally worked every day, no days off, for about three years in a row.

And during that time I managed to get a girlfriend with benefits, party like a Shriner and have a load of fun.

You're young. You can sleep when you're dead.

El Jefe
09-22-2011, 06:53 AM
I'm in my early 50s now. When I was in my early 20s I was carrying 16 hours of graduate school, working a full time 40 hour a week pro radio gig, spending about 30 hours a week managing a student radio station and doing TV camera work for about 10 hours on the weekend. I literally worked every day, no days off, for about three years in a row.

And during that time I managed to get a girlfriend with benefits, party like a Shriner and have a load of fun.

You're young. You can sleep when you're dead.

Man I bet that was rough. I think the biggest thing that is hard for me is if I stay up late I don't wake up tired I wake up with a migraine. It's kind of a vicious cycle for me, I can't sleep even when I take Ambien and sleep deprivation is a migraine trigger for me. So I can't sleep so I get migraines, and then I can't function because I have a migraine.

I know what they say there is always a 1,000 excuses, but it's something that makes thing a little more difficult for me. Physically I wouldn't be able to do what you did for that extended amount of time, kudos to you man.

BigRedChief
09-23-2011, 08:15 PM
Awesome man, that is really a great story, kudos to you for being able to do it! It's always nice to see those who've done it, gives me an extra little motivation.Doesn't suck to live with this 50 yards from my front door.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6078/6149163414_0bd488bef7_m.jpg

thurman merman
09-23-2011, 08:21 PM
Are you seriously bitching about 10 hours of homework a week?

Why do you have to be an asshole about it? Do you like doing homework for 10+ hours a week? Who wouldn't bitch about that?

GordonGekko
09-23-2011, 08:40 PM
I had my life going in college, I loved it. Worked and did school, always busy. Now I'm a recent graduate and the job market is depressing my ass. Almost want to go back just because it was a 'safe zone'. But huge brave steps need to be made now.

GordonGekko
09-23-2011, 08:41 PM
I'm in my early 50s now. When I was in my early 20s I was carrying 16 hours of graduate school, working a full time 40 hour a week pro radio gig, spending about 30 hours a week managing a student radio station and doing TV camera work for about 10 hours on the weekend. I literally worked every day, no days off, for about three years in a row.

And during that time I managed to get a girlfriend with benefits, party like a Shriner and have a load of fun.

You're young. You can sleep when you're dead.

You my friend, are an inspiration.

KcMizzou
09-23-2011, 08:44 PM
I'm in my early 50s now. When I was in my early 20s I was carrying 16 hours of graduate school, working a full time 40 hour a week pro radio gig, spending about 30 hours a week managing a student radio station and doing TV camera work for about 10 hours on the weekend. I literally worked every day, no days off, for about three years in a row.

And during that time I managed to get a girlfriend with benefits, party like a Shriner and have a load of fun.

You're young. You can sleep when you're dead.LMAO

Third Eye
09-23-2011, 11:23 PM
Why do you have to be an asshole about it? Do you like doing homework for 10+ hours a week? Who wouldn't bitch about that?

Wasn't aware I was being an asshole. But seriously, 10 hours of homework is nothing. I mean really, I WISH I only had to do 10 hours of homework when I went back to school at 30.

CrazyPhuD
09-23-2011, 11:30 PM
For every hour in class, you should spend 2 hours out of class. So 10 hours of school work would be about right for one 3 hr course.

Heh my old school used to count course units as the 'expected time per week spent on a class' so humanities were generally 9 unit courses and engineering was 12 units.

BWillie
09-23-2011, 11:32 PM
If I had to do it all over again, I would have f***** off even more. Instead of getting a 3.6 in college, I should have tried less and got like a 2.5. What difference does it make? Everything I thought was important in school, isn't in the real world.

Simply Red
09-23-2011, 11:33 PM
No, it's easy. I should have done this a long time ago.

you're a lot smarter than you give yourself credit being.

I've noticed you know at least 'a little' about most everything, that's mostly why we're secret lovers on AIM.