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  •  All of my students work (6+ / 0-)

    I teach as an adjunct at a small, rural community college in which working students are the norm. Most hold down full-time jobs. Then they take full loads which means they don't really have time to think about, enjoy, and talk about what they are learning. Too often the focus is on courses which are directly related to last year's occupations and there is little concern for education in the broad sense.

    •  I've always had students that worked (2+ / 0-)
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      peregrine kate, Lonely Texan

      in the past I worked at a commuter campus that was mostly non-traditional students taking night classes.

      What seems different now is that I seem to have a substantial number of traditional college age students that are working full time rather than part time.  It's a relatively small number but I'm starting to have a few students who don't come to class regularly because of work commitments.  They do show up for exams but otherwise are just doing it one their own.

      I wholeheartedly agree with the education in the broad sense being missing.

      "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

      by matching mole on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:01:07 AM PST

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    •  My husband right now (9+ / 0-)

      is living this reality.  He is a pre-engineering student and also working about 30 hours a week.  He's doing amazingly well, but it's soooo hard on him.  The sad thing is, working 30 hours a week doesn't pay all his bills (including tuition; I pick up the remainder).  I'm stuck with my own college loans, so I can't help much (but of course, the financial aid office counts my income now, since we're married, even though a substantial part of my income goes to loans every month).  Hubby loves school, but he'd like to work less and worries that his work is taking away from his grades.  And yes, there is very little time for the educational experience students are supposed to be able to enjoy in college.  

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