Topic of Debate: University vs Real Life Jobs
Students vs The Rest of the World:
It seems there has been an ever-increasing dislike for students who complain that they are ‘tired’ and ‘overworked’ by their University study work. It appears that non-students who work a 9am – 5pm job, evening work, or some that are doing two jobs find students frustrating, somewhat egotistical and quite frankly ‘cop-outs’.
I must agree that working all those hours in a regular job will be tiring as well as monotonous, but how can a regular worker believe it’s harder than studying for a degree, masters or PHD?
As a current MA student, I am working part-time in a bookstore for 15 hours per week, I am in lectures for 20 hours, and independently study for around 8 hours each week.
That’s 43 hours per week.
A regular 9 to 5pm job equates to 40 hours per week and if they did over-time it would take us to around 45 hours a week.
So what is the difference then? University students work the same hours as the rest of the working world, so why the outbreak and anger?
Was it the lack of opportunity twenty or thirty years ago? Or maybe that some people just aren’t a correct fit for the academic world?Whatever the reason, don’t dislike us for it. As students, we are just trying to make a living for ourselves, as are the non-academics of this world.
Even as an undergraduate I worked a 40 hour week at a bookstore during the months November to December, whilst still studying four days a week at University, and commuting the three hour train journey every Wednesday and Sunday. I worked myself to the bone, and the consequence was a very nasty Christmas illness.
On the other side of the coin we have the students that are lazy: they eat, sleep and get drunk, staggering into lectures with a hangover and half a piece of paper.
We’ve all seen them, heck we’ve probably even been there ourselves. However, during exam time your guaranteed to see students cramming in the library, setting up camp with some water, chocolate and a packet of crisps as ‘midnight snacks’.
Non-University youngsters actually have a much better outlook in the current climate of our nation; you can start out in McDonalds and work your way up the career ladder becoming a manager. On the other hand, students work crap jobs for rubbish pay even after they graduate. So who seems to have the easier life?
It’s a simple question, but the answer is undeniably difficult.
At the end of your shift at work, the rest of the world sits down to a cup of tea and television. University students sit down to a cup of tea, their laptop and a deadline of 3,000 words.
Would you like to write my essay for me?
No, I didn’t think so.