Yes. I have personally done it. And you should know that there is an honor society devoted to those who accomplish exactly what you described. It's called Alpha Sigma Lambda (which symbolizses "First in Scholarship and Leadership"). It's not easy to do, so there is actually an honor society devoted to people who show the work ethic and effort to accomplish that.
I'm sure you can do it, too, if you try hard enough. Check to find out if your university is a chartered member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society, and if it is, that should certainly give you some incentive to keep those grades up.
I have to tell you, it looks great on my resume, and it gives employers a favorable impression of what my work ethic is.
my sisters friend, she went to school full time and had two full time jobs, took care of her husband and just had her first child. my head is still spinning. i don't know how she did it with out losing it. my sister just had her first child, goes to school full time and has a full time job. i don't know how she does it either. all i can tell you is it is possible, you just have to find out what your flow is.
Ir is possible if you a very intelligent (well, it depends on your college, though--in some places you might not be able to earn a 3.8 even if you aren't working at all). But you will probably wear yourself out. One of my friends could barely handle working 40 hours per week on top of going to high school and taking honors classes and 1 AP class (she often came home crying just because she was too tired to do her homework after she finished work). And I know college is even harder than high school. Even if you do manage to get it done, like my friend did, you could push yourself into having a break-down or being stressed out all the time, liek my friend was.
If you are going to a very good college where it is hard to earn good grades, it might be impossible to do. But really, it depends on your professors and your college.
IT can and has, but you have to be so motivated and organized it's crazy. If it becomes overwhelming, what is your exit strategy? Can you ask Toys R Us for a day off, and will they give it to you? Can you take vacation during your exams? Can you study during 'lunch' there?
I am not working and decided to finish full-time but I did this for my first year in grad school with a 9-5 job. I am a really hard worker, though. I used my commute to study, read before bed, took days off in a strategic way so that before finals I had a day to polish my papers, study or practice a presentation.
Do you think you can do it?
Actually while in my senior year of high school...I worked full time at a fast food job and during the summer I also worked part time at a lawn care company. In high school, I maintained a 3.8/3.9 GPA.
In college though, I know they tell you not to work more than 20 hours a week so you have plenty of time for school and studying. I would suggest working on campus, because you only work 20 hours a week..get paid while paying for college...and they let you study during work or get off before a big test.
I went to school full time, 16 hours. Worked almost full time, 30 hours and had an internship, 15 hours all at once. I still managed a 4.0 that semester and graduated summa cu laude overall. It can be done if you are dedicated enough. I was very stressed out for a while, but actually feel better when I am busy and being productive. Otherwise I feel I get lazy and in a slump if I am not pushing myself to the limits.
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