[Sophomore +] How many of you work and maintain a 3.5+ GPA?

[Sophomores+] Do you work and maintain 3.5+ GPA?

  • No, I don't work. (If you work less then 10hours a week, it's not a real job)

    Votes: 9 19.6%
  • Yes. 10-20 hours a week

    Votes: 23 50.0%
  • Yes. 20-30 hours a week.

    Votes: 7 15.2%
  • Yes. 30-40 hours a week.

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Yes. Full time worker (40+ hours a week)

    Votes: 5 10.9%

  • Total voters
    46

AestheticGod

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Oct 31, 2011
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Curious as to how many of you (sophomore +) work part time and maintain a 3.5+ GPA.

I'm currently a sophomore and have 3.7 GPA, and work 30 hours a week.
It's seriously killing my sleep+study+social life.

Do you plan on quitting or working less when you are in last 2 years of undergrad?
 

235788

God Complex
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Dec 5, 2008
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The Slab
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Curious as to how many of you (sophomore +) work part time and maintain a 3.5+ GPA.

I'm currently a sophomore and have 3.7 GPA, and work 30 hours a week.
It's seriously killing my sleep+study+social life.

Do you plan on quitting or working less when you are in last 2 years of undergrad?

give up 1, I worked until senior year and then went all out
 

LaughingMan

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Mar 30, 2012
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Curious as to how many of you (sophomore +) work part time and maintain a 3.5+ GPA.

I'm currently a sophomore and have 3.7 GPA, and work 30 hours a week.
It's seriously killing my sleep+study+social life.

Do you plan on quitting or working less when you are in last 2 years of undergrad?
Yeah--I made the mistake of working during undergrad. It has definitely left me in a VERY financially well off position but my GPA took a hit.

If you can time manage--do it. If not, don't make the same mistake as me and work + school. Though I guess it also depends on your course load. Best of luck!
 
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AestheticGod

AestheticGod

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Oct 31, 2011
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Yeah--I made the mistake of working during undergrad. It has definitely left me in a VERY financially well off position but my GPA took a hit.

If you can time manage--do it. If not, don't make the same mistake as me and work + school. Though I guess it also depends on your course load. Best of luck!
Thanks. Ya, I think I'll be quitting or working less then 20 hours a week starting spring.
 
Aug 25, 2011
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The Desert
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Curious as to how many of you (sophomore +) work part time and maintain a 3.5+ GPA.

I'm currently a sophomore and have 3.7 GPA, and work 30 hours a week.
It's seriously killing my sleep+study+social life.

Do you plan on quitting or working less when you are in last 2 years of undergrad?

Ill be working 25-30 hours next year while taking physics and organic chemistry. I am contemplating quitting but I really like making money...:laugh:
 

Judas

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May 4, 2012
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i work 4 hours a week but the commute and preparation make it an 8 hr/wk commitment. that's not a big commitment but it's time i could be doing other things.
 
Apr 23, 2012
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When I started school I was in a management position working 45-50 hours a week. Halfway in the year I demoted myself within the company and now work 30-35 hours (crammed into three days so I have four days off).

GPA is nearly a 3.8, but I was killing myself. Still am kinda. :(
 

Oxygen206

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Dec 6, 2008
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I worked about 30-40 hours per week during freshman & sophomore years, my GPA was 2.8. My junior, senior, and super senior years I worked between 10-15 hours per week and maintained a 4.0.

No, I didn't have as much money but I just cut back on things that I really didn't need. Besides, having that 4.0 was wayyyy better than anything money could buy.
 

CoolWhipp

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Jun 10, 2009
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I worked full time working nights while taking a full load including clubs, volunteering, and research. I fell asleep one night and got fired. It was bound to happen. Take care of yourself and do anything you can to stay motivated and keep your GPA high. That might mean cutting some ECs.
 

Praefectus

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Mar 30, 2012
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I work under 20 hours per week, but virtually all of my paycheck goes into a small-cap indexed stock portfolio. It's not particularly difficult to maintain a good GPA while working. You just have to manage your time well. Yes, your social life will take a hit but you can always catch up with friends on weekends.
 

lobo.solo

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May 4, 2011
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I also was working a lot my first year... I have increased the number of class units as time goes on but decreased the number of hours I work. Right now, I feel I have good balance, 18hr of work per week, 15+ class units, research and time to hang out with my girl. I plan to quit working for the MCAT though....