Where does a student's time go?

Parents are often concerned about the amount of time their new college freshman is going to have to spend on their studies. This concern often comes up when any kind of work-study or other part time job is discussed. Let's take a closer look at this.

Several years ago, the University of Illinois decided to find out just how much time the typical college freshman spends on various activiites. The results are rather surprising.

Out of a 7 day, 168 hour week; the average college freshman spends the following:

  • Sleep - 35 hours

  • Class - 15 hours

  • Studying - 13 hours

  • Socializing - 12 hours

  • School activities - 5 hours

  • Commuting - 4 hours

  • Dependent care - 2 hours

That is a total of 86 hours. 168 hours in the week, minus 86 hours of activity, equals 82 hours of free time. Time to eat -- time to do the laundry -- time to clean up the dorm room -- time to play HALO -- time for a 10 to 15 hour part time job.

I highly encourage you not to assume your student doesn't have the time for a work-study or part time position. At least encourage them to try it for a semester and see how it goes. This is one of the best methods available to help cut down those out of pocket expenses.