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Hey School_psych-ers.

My name is Meghan, I'm taking my third semester as we speak in the School Psych program at UMass Boston. I currently work 25-30 hours a week as a secretary, and take three classes at a time (all classes for us are at night).


My question is, how many hours a week did you/do you work during grad school? I seem to get disparate accounts from people - some work full time (usually in a school), others barely seem to work at all, all of these students where carrying a full course load (four classes at UMB). I also seem to observe those who do work more, work in schools/mental health already. What's your take?
Current Location: Boston
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From:neurotic_orchid
Date:July 7th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
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My masters program is a full 24 months (mine will take a bit longer as I had a pregnancy with complications during my internship). I worked 20-30 hours/week during the summer months when we had one or no classes, but I didn't work during the heavier school year (none of us did--it really would not have been possible to work more than 10h/week and do well in the program.) I'm not working this summer because I have a scholarship that's giving me enough each month to live off, but I would have to work at least a bit if not for the grant money.
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From:neurotic_orchid
Date:July 7th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, we do have graduate assistantships throughout the program, but they're very minimal hours (no more than 40h/semester) and pay $500/semester (so really just to help with gas expenses and things like that.)
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From:krissieleigh88
Date:July 7th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
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Hi there. I'm actually starting at UMass Boston for school psych in the fall. I'm working 20 hours/wk in a school and I have an assistantship with one of the professors at UMass. I'm also taking 4 courses. I work better when I'm busy and really scheduled so working more hours works for me. Some people just need to have more time without working.

Its nice to know there are other UMass Boston school psychers on LJ!!
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From:krissieleigh88
Date:July 9th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
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During undergrad, I tutored and was a TA so I was always involved with academics. Also, I started volunteering at a hospital for certain research projects that are related to school psych (ADHD, dyslexia, other social emotional problems, etc). I also worked and still work at a middle school as an aide. Any experience with research and working with children is good experience. If you have the option to learn how to administer and score assessments, take that opportunity. It will greatly help you in graduate school.

I hope this helps!
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From:canadianchia
Date:July 7th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
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I'm just finishing up my second year in an EdS program, and both years I've worked 20 hours a week at my GA. I've also had time to do some babysitting on the side, varying amounts, but no more than 10-15 hours a week at any given time. :)
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