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I just graduated from school with an AA degree, but now I want to go into another field, so I am enrolled in a community college right now. I was offered a full-time job that could help me out a lot where money is concerned, but this job intereferes with my school schedule. I could easily change my school schedule to coincide with this job, but did I mention I want to be really involved in this school as well? I don't know what to do. It's either take the job and the money, but not be involved, or look for another job.
Sincerely, 'Take the money and run?'
Hey "Take the money and run?",
It is hard balancing school and work. I think every student has had this dilemma or will have this dilemma (because I know I have). Being involved in school is great, I recommend it, but it is a challenge and a sacrifice that sometimes comes at the expense of job opportunities, a healthy social life, and a healthy sleep pattern. Sometimes you must figure out what you NEED for your life versus what you WANT! If being involved in school is something you really absolutely positively need to do then I say go for it! BUT, if you find that you NEED the financial gain this new job could potentially give you then you have your answer. There is a quote I like to reference, "When we confuse needs with the desires; all the struggles we take lead to failure and disappointment".
If you or someone you know needs the advice of a professional, please check out your school's psychological services or counseling office.