Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Cistern, Texas (Southeast of Austin)
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Engineering is not offered online and no local universities offered classes at night (‘local’ is within 1.5 hour drive). My employer worked with my schedule, but it was tough. This is what it looked like or similar for 4 semesters:
Mondy- wake at 4:45. Work from 6:00 to 6:00 (12 hours). Study in my office from 6:00-9:00. Go home, eat, shower, kiss the wife, and go to bed (around 10:30)
Tuesday- wake at 5:30. Drive 1.5 hours to campus. Classes from 8:00 to 11:30. Drive 1.25 hours back to work. Work from 12:15 to 8:15. study from 8:15 to 9:15. Go home, eat, shower, kiss the wife, and go to bed (around 10:30)
Wed- like Monday
Thur- like Tuesday
Friday- sometimes I had to work, otherwise I would check on the stuff around the farm (cows, fence, feed, etc) and do a little homework, or errands.
Sat- If tests were coming up or I had a project or paper due I would work on it. More work on the farm or honey-dos
Sun- my free day. Church, family and hunting/fishing/drinking
A lot of time a monkey wrench was thrown into this schedule and it just made it worse. Getting called into work at midnight, having to skip class because something at the plant was happening, plant shut down/outage (14 hour days, 7 days a week, for 3-6 weeks), cows broke through the fence, water pipe busted, clutch went out in my ranger, business trip out of state for a week, etc.
I just couldn’t do it anymore, especially with my new baby girl.
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