Can You Lessen the Challenges of Your Chosen Course?
A large majority of undergraduate college students work while going to school. Some students work to earn spending money or to gain job experience. Most, however, work to pay living expenses and tuition. In fact, undergraduates are more likely to be employed than to attend school full-time, attend a four-year college or university, live on campus, or apply for or receive financial aid. Academic and demographic characteristics do not vary much in employed students. Students work regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity, dependency or marital status, full-time or part-time school status, or income. While the number of hours students work varies regarding type of institution attended (public vs. private institution) and income, being employed in college takes a toll on academics and the college experience.
Although most employed undergraduates do not find work overly stressing, the challenges facing these students include limitations in course schedule, the number of academic hours they can take, course choice, and access to campus facilities. Students experience more stress unsurprisingly, as the number of hours they work increases. In addition, undergraduates who work in off-campus jobs feel that their employment increases these limitations.