College is often regarded as a time to have fun and explore what one truly wants out of life. It is supposed to be an opportunity for young adults to make lasting friendships and learn about themselves. But for students holding down multiple jobs, it can be stressful and exhausting.
College can already be stressful enough, depending on a student’s major and course load. But throw in a full-time job and extracurricular activities, and it becomes an exercise in time management and staying sane. Students must balance work and school while trying to maintain whatever is left of their social life after both.
Juggling work and school can lead to undue stress and, in some cases, can interfere with students’ academic careers. While mostly everyone gets by fine in the end, some students take on more than what they can handle.
According to a 2006 study by professors Lauren Dundes and Jeff Marx of McDaniel College, students who work less than 15 to 20 hours typically report higher grades in college than those who don't work.
Despite the drawbacks, having at least a part-time job while in school is beneficial for students overall. It teaches time management skills and being responsible for commitments made, which are important traits to have for succeeding in any career. Being disciplined enough to take on many responsibilities will place students ahead in the job competitions.
The most important part of working and going to school is learning to find a balance between the two. By doing so, students can maximize the benefits of being accountable while limiting the amount of stress on themselves.