While the number of working college students is on the rise, one Phoenix, Ariz. full-time working student is finding ways to make it work.

Megan Templeton

Photo courtesy of Megan Templeton


While working 10-15 hours on campus is what most major universities recommend, there are some students who put in more time, even full-time hours, at work. A 2011 report by Jessica Davis for the United States Census Bureau found that of the 72% of college students who held jobs, 20% of them worked more than 20 hours a week. Megan Templeton is one of those students.

Studying full-time at Bryan University and putting in 40 hours a week as a server, Megan Templeton knows the difficulties of balancing school, work and life.

Templeton is a college senior studying Exercise Science. She has one remaining semester and is well seasoned in the art of multi-tasking and time-management.

Taking on 16 credit hours in a fast paced online module style of learning and working full-time hours can both physically and mentally overwhelming. Templeton noted some of the necessary compromises she has made.

“You loose your social life. I’ve lost my social life completely,” said Templeton.

It can be a struggle, but Templeton is optimistic of her future and finds positivity even in a difficult situation.

“It’s rewarding. Conquering both,” said Templeton. She says she will be proud of her accomplishments when she has graduated,  in a way that other students might not understand.

While the number of full-time working students is on the rise, the majority of students are either unemployed or work part-time hours. Templeton offered some advice to the smaller percentage.

“Be patient. Take advantage of the sleep while you can,” said Templeton. She also noted that exercise is a great stress reliever and has helped her through the difficulties of studying and working full-time.“Exercise gets me through a lot,” said Templeton.