Working a Necessary Evil for Students

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The number of students who work full-time jobs in addition to taking classes full-time has also increased as more and more students are finding it necessary to support or at least partially support themselves and their families as they complete their education. As a result of these trends, the question is often raised whether or not the advantages of juggling two highly stressful full-time activities outweigh the disadvantages. After all, the goal of higher education is to learn, and working full-time can only be a detriment to this objective. Working increases stress levels because it takes time away from studies and the student never seems to have the time to complete their school assignments to the best of their ability or to participate in extra-curricular activities that might reinforce what they learn in the classroom. They are working as hard as they can but constantly underachieve in both the classroom and the workplace, a distressing dilemma that over a four-year period causes great stress and many to leave school altogether. While it is recognized that working is necessary in many cases, it seems clear that students would have a better chance to reach their full scholastic potential if they were provided the opportunity to remain focused on school before work.The proof that there is a problem with too many students finding it necessary to work to get themselves through school can be found in the sheer numbers of students who must work. New studies have indicated that most students currently attending American colleges and universities are finding it necessary to hold paid employment positions while attending classes. More than three-quarters of all students claim they have to work at least part-time to help pay for their tuition and a full quarter of freshmen, who are somewhat overwhelmed just being at college for the first time, said they would have to work full-time to stay in school (Reisberg, 2000). The number of students having to work is steadily increasing. More students are in the workforce today than ever before.