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#21007

OMG: Is it possible to:
Be a full-time student
Work part time
Pay bills and other necessities
and still give money to parents because you live under their roof?
Because clearly my parents think this is what every student does.

36 comments

  1. Yeah, just make sure you sleep no more than 4 hours a night and have no leisure time!

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  2. Yes it's possible OP. Depends on your situation I guess. I had to help pay for my parents bills before and had to forgo university for a number of years. Now I attend one university full-time, a second university part-time, night classes at a college, work four part-time jobs (down from two full-time jobs because part-time allows me more flexible scheduling), working on various side projects and start-ups, along with still paying for some of my parents bills and loans that they took out previously, in addition to time to myself and my friends. It just makes things a little more busy.

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    1. tl;dr
      I'M IN LOVE WITH THE COCO

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    2. You're either lying or have no life or both. Seriously? Full time uni, part-time online courses, and 4 part-time jobs? Even if its all true, you're still not giving the OP an accurate picture of a student's life. Quality over quantity

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    3. Quality over quantity? As in quality of life? I still have time to do what I want due to clever time management. Quality of education? Currently I am enrolled in the best university for business in Canada (not Laurier, Guelph or Waterloo), and the best university for science in Canada (again not Laurier, Guelph or Waterloo). If my average wanes I risk losing scholarships. If OP can't handle a little course load and a part time job they need to re-evaluate their current standing in life because it doesn't get easier.

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    4. fitter, happier, more productive.
      give this man some soma

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    5. Sorry 2c, still not buying it. Even a below-average education at a single school is like 15-20hrs of class a week, at least the same for homework/projects/papers, and some more for commutes. Part-time education can be whatever I guess but as even one course per term will take up some more time.

      Then add FOUR part-time jobs replacing 2 full-time jobs...so 50hours a week then? Because full-time is pretty much has to be at least 25hours I think. You can be clever all you want, I just don't see how you finesse that 90hour week and still come out with any free time.

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    6. 2e: part-time jobs are pretty dependent on scheduling. Keep in mind he could be working at 4 different places but only working a total of 20 hours per week between the 4. It's misleading to describe this as "working four PT jobs", but not inaccurate.

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    7. @2f, its even more misleading then to say "work four part-time jobs (down from two full-time jobs because part-time allows me more flexible scheduling)". Hell, its not full-time if you can have two of them as far as I can well. Otherwise you're working, what, 12-hour days minimum? Not impossible but definitely not with all that schooling and life this person had going on.

      I think someone is counting 2hrs at a C&D as a whole job or something to inflate their ego.

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    8. The internet detectives are out in force I see. Misleading? Because you have assumptions? One could also think of the minimum values for each item described. Full-time studies is described as three or more courses per term, part-time less than two, part-time work can be anything under 30 hours. If one wanted to make an extreme case this could mean four courses in a term (3 full-time,1 part-time) and next to zero hours for work due to part-time status. I forgot this was a UW site where everything has to be detailed exactly otherwise people get confused, my bad.

      To clarify somewhat the previous two terms I worked full-time for two different employers. Both were night shift for tech/trade work. My classes were scheduled in the morning after work. I slept in the afternoon. If I needed any time off I could ask for a day off from my duties.

      This term I changed my work schedule. I now have a part-time position working for the gov't on weekends where I can put in as many as 30 hours; a part-time job in finance for afternoons up to 30 hours again if I wanted; and the former two trade/tech jobs where still work nights and I can put up to 60 hours for either if I wanted to as these companies are desperate for tradesmen/techs. Instead of working 76 hours a week I now can bring it down to around 60+ and use the extra time to take college courses.

      As for school - attending class is the main issue. For studying I can do so at the tech/trades position if it's we're not busy, and also study during the commutes. I make use of my time wisely. If I need any time off for whatever reason I contact the relevant employer. I still have the occasional evening to do what I want.

      I'm used to a busy schedule due to living and working out in Alberta for a number of years prior to moving here. When I worked as a millwright apprentice I worked 12-16 hour days 6-7 days a week, when I was an electrician apprentice we did minimum 12 hour shifts 7 days a week, and when I was in the oil fields if we worked less than 12 hours a day it was a short day, also 7 days a week. One makes use of their time when they don't have much extra to waste.

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    9. Welp, that sounds awful. I wish you an early retirement and a strong heart.

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  3. I've done it. It's hard to do, but I graduated with honours and am now in a Master's program doing the same thing so....(although now I live on my own)

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  4. Wait, do you mean pay rent?

    It's pretty bullshit if you're unable to get OSAP because your parents are too rich and you live with them, but otherwise it's what everybody does.

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    1. Are you complaining that you can't get a loan? As a recent grad trust me, you don't want 30K of debt coming out of uni. I'm jealous of all my classmates who were "too rich" to get a loan and are currently living debt free. My minimum payments are 360/month for the next 120 months.

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    2. Too rich for OSAP is only good if you're parents are helping you out, but that's not necessarily the case.

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  5. That would be the equivalent of going to school full-time, working part time and paying rent, so yeah.

    I would recommend paying them by cheque to establish to osap that you're not living at home for free though

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  6. OP wants a pity party?

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  7. Lol welcome to real life

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  8. Um... you understand many students work part-time, attend school full time and don't have the luxury of even living at home. They pay rent.

    Your parents are not necessarily in the wrong. Maybe they're going to save it all and hand it back when you graduate.

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  9. Yes, that is what many many students do. I had to take bank loans to make it.

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  10. Does OP think they're entitled to having everything handed to them on a silver platter?

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    1. As a former UW student, unfortunately this is what almost every student in UW thinks about

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  11. OP is just jealous that he can't drive a new BMW M4

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    1. Its ok, most of the BMW owners in this town can't drive either.

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    2. I see what you did there, and I love it.

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    3. 11.a duh, half of them are asian girls

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  12. Emancipate yourself from them.

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  13. I work nearly full-time while in school. ~30 hours give or take 5 each week

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  14. I only worked in the summer and my parents payed my tuition and helped with rent and food. Respect to you if you can make that work.

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  15. tough situation. I know being in this situation is hard. Especially when a lot of students do have everything handed to them. They might be from wealthier families and have support from their parents in terms of tuition, living expenses and food. They might be working part-time too, but not to the extent that you are.

    But remember that there are a lot of students in similar situations to you are. And remember that it definitely is possible although it is hard.

    Also be thankful your parents are providing a roof for you. A huge cost of university for most students is living expenses. Tuition isn't even that bad, but the cost for everything else screws most people over.

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  16. I didn't work part time but with co-op I made enough money to pay for each term afterwards.

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  17. Who cares about co-op if u go to a school thats reputable

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    1. Who cares about a reputable school if you have work experience (co-op)

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    2. Why not both

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  18. That's what I do . . .

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  19. I worked full time and went to school full time. I lived with roommates. I paid my tuition, rent, food, books, etc. on my own. Paying money to your parents would be the same as paying rent elsewhere. I think many students at least have a part time job through university.

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