School VS Work from someone who does both : Fifteen Credits

Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

My semester just ended, and I don’t have to go back until January. And yes, I am glad those days are over.

I am part of a co-operative education program, so I bounce between school and full-time work instead of having summer vacations like everyone else. A question I get asked about every 15 seconds is, which do you prefer, school or work? As someone who does both I feel qualified to remind those full-time members of the workforce that post-secondary education was not as wonderful as you remember it – but it had its perks.


+ Choose your own hours

+ Sleep in & stay up late

+ The social side of campus

+ Tons of free time (to spend however you see fit)

+ The joy of learning (?)

+ Free buses

– Necessary expenditures: Tuition, textbooks, rent, groceries

– Unnecessary expenditures (unless you actually want to have fun): Alcohol, takeout/restaurant food, shopping, basically anything you might want to do out of the house

– Having to take buses

– Learning (bad profs, group projects, participation grades, presentations, homework, reading textbooks…)

– Student housing in general (think: mold, basements, centipedes, things breaking, dealing with landlords)

– BAD ROOMMATES (in caps because it is a REALLY BIG PROBLEM)

– Having to be around people


+ Cash inflow! (Counts for +100 points because money.)

+ The satisfaction that you are actually accomplishing things

– The actual work

– Early mornings, early nights

– Commuting

– Sitting all day

– The dissatisfaction that you are only being hired as cheap labour, your boss gives you no autonomy, and you just have to go back to school in a few months anyway

– Having to be around people


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