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13 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re a Part-Time University Student

Part-time study can be an affordable and manageable way to study. However, it still comes with its own set of challenges, especially if you’re the only part-timer on your course…

1. The heartbreak of going from earning a full time wage to a part-time pittance.

One stray spending spree and you’ll be eating beans on toast for the next three weeks. Lucky full-time beggars with their loans and grants…

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2. But it’s either that or working full time and struggling to keep up with the university work.

Which is pretty much impossible.

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3. Everyone constantly wants to know your reasoning behind being a part-timer.

Some of us have to balance a job, or a family, or manage a long-term health condition. Some folks just want the flexibility. It’s as simple as that.

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4. And you’re very aware that people assume part-time study is easy.

Which couldn’t be further than the truth.

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5. The pain of having to accept that your course is twice as long due to the part-time hours.

You feel old watching the new recruits coming in. Like Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption.

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6. And of having to watch your full-time friends graduate before you.

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7. You feel like you don’t have time to enjoy student life the way everyone else does.

Nights on a weekday are frankly just not sustainable

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8. But you do appreciate being able to spread out your work into more manageable chunks.

More time to dedicate to your assignments, and more time to take well deserved naps.

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9. And having extra time to think about your dissertation and conduct more in-depth research.

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10. Being a part-timer means that your lecturers know exactly who you are.

Which is great when it comes to developing a good rapport, but also means you can never just blend in.

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11. But that your course mates often have no idea. 

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12. You often feel under more pressure to do well than everyone else.

You’re paying more and have more time to complete the course, so everyone – including you – has higher expectations.

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13. And even though you doubt your decision frequently, you have to remind yourself that this is the best thing for you.

Part-time students get less credit than they deserve. Pat yourself on the back because you rock!

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