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HELP!!!! Possibly an ignorant question...

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by theonegirl, May 14, 2007.

  1. theonegirl


    May 13, 2007
    I just graduated from TCU and am awaiting my status of admissions from Loyola and Columbia Post Bacc. Everyone has suggested the importance not working while in these programs. But if I dont work, how am I supposed to support myself when I move? I know I would have to take loans out for school. But taking loans out for 2 years worth of living expenses seems a little... CRAZY. Am I missing something? Or does everyone really take out loans to have a roof over their head, along with students loans for school?
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  3. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Well, it's a not an ignorant question, but it is difficult to answer. I can't say what will be best for you. However, I do agree that doing school fulltime is highly advantageous in that it shows that you can handle a tough academic load. If you think the best way to do that is taking out a loan, then it might be.

    I know that taking out a loan for living expenses sounds crazy right now, but get used to the idea. I'm starting medical school this fall, and I'm actually working out my financial aid right now. Most medical students borrow money to attend school, and it is not unusual for medical students to borrow the total cost of attending a school, which includes both academic as well as living expenses (the vast majority of students don't work during medical school, or don't make enough to support their living expenses, let alone tuition). Thus when you are considering your options, consider that you will likely be borrowing big money for medical school anyway, so what you are borrowing now will pretty much be a drop in the bucket, so to speak. Consider the investment in your future. However, people have also been successful working during their post-bacc. I think it's harder, but it can be done. It's up to you. Weigh your choices out carefully.

    Good luck in your decision. :luck:
  4. Faze2

    Faze2 2+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    Jessica Biel's Closet
    Well, if these are the traditional post bacc type programs, and they are going to take you 2 years to complete, isn't that only two classes a semester? Such as

    Fall 1: Chem I and Bio I Spring 1: Chem II and Bio II

    Summer: Volunteer + additional classes where appropriate

    Fall 2: Orgo I and Phys I Spring 2: Orgo II and Phys II and MCAT prep

    If this is the type of 2 year program you are talking about, than working a job, full time or part time, is not impossible or even that big of a problem, respectively. I think working fulltime could be tough, especially with orgo, but I know plenty of people who do it. I myself work close to full time with 2-3 classes. I am lucky enough that my job is very flexible and accomdating. I can take off if I have a lot of work or exams or something like that. It's in a hospital so I can work weekends if i need to make up some time. But it's hourly. If I don't work, I don't get paid.

    It all depends what the schedule of the program is. Some of the programs that start with Chem I and II in the summer, then Bio, Orgo, and Physics in the fall and spring, they might be very difficult to have a job with, cause 12 credits of hard science requires most people's full attention.
  5. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Right, it does kind of depend on your schedule whether, and what kind of, employment options are reasonable. I pulled up a website of a well-known 1-year, formal post-baccalaureate program from Goucher College. It looks like during Fall and Spring, it's Biology, Organic, and Physics lecture plus their respective labs. That ought to be like 12 credits of sciences. However, this is a 1-year program.

    I also checked out the website for Loyola's Post-bacc program for contrast, and here's what I found:

    Here is the information that I found on Columbia University's Post-bacc:

  6. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    I think many people were referring to not working, or significantly decreasing work, so that it is possible to take a fulltime load of science classes (12, or more credits, usually). If you take a lighter load, it becomes reasonable to work more, if desired. The point that folks disagree on is the benefit of taking a fulltime load during your post-bacc. Some say that it is beneficial, others think it won't hurt you to take classes part-time. The jury is still out.

    The bottom line is, OP, do what you feel is the most beneficial for you. Nobody can tell you what the most optimal choice is in terms of work and/or borrowing money. If you think that not working and borrowing the total cost of attendence, regardless of your program or course load, is what will help you concentrate and perform well in school more easefully, then that's what is necessary. Feel it out, but definitely don't let money, or the fear of borrowing money, stand in the way of your success.

    Good luck!
  7. 146233

    146233 Phthirius pubis

    Apr 12, 2007
    At Loyola, most post-bacs work at least a part-time job. I myself worked full time (48 hours/week) at night, but I'm a paramedic. We work all kinds of crazy hours.

    PM me if you want me to check on the status of your application for you.

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