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Dec 9, 2010

Obviously depended on the week. Easy weeks maybe 10 hours over the 7 days, bad weeks closer to 35 probably. Had my stints where I'd spend 12 hours in a row in the library. I went to a school that's notorious for giving a ton of work and was in one of the easier majors there.

Dec 9, 2010
  1. Maybe 3 hours prior to a final. Penn magna in Econ - joke major in CAS. Course, i'm in a 2nd tier firm. Shoulda xferred to Wharton/tried harder.
Dec 9, 2010

cs -10 hours on hw assignments
math - 10 hours + 5 test
macro - 0
micro - 3
intro to math sci - 0

25 ish

Dec 9, 2010

maybe 3-4 hours per week... and the occasional all nighter for exams

Dec 10, 2010

thanks for the comments guys. And is that really how much you studies? is that really average? if thats true, then college is going to be a breeze haha

BTW, are any of you guys from georgetown? I am anticipating on going there.

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Dec 10, 2010

10 hours a week...an all nighter every now and then. I spend most of my time learning on my own through business books.

Dec 9, 2010
Commodity Bull:

10 hours a week...an all nighter every now and then. I spend most of my time learning on my own through business books.

same learn more from reading wsj than attening the econ classes thank god im done with econ bs after econmetrics

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Dec 9, 2010

you'll find that you have a lot of time at your disposal during college... you get blitzed at certain points when you have 2 tests in one day, a paper, a presentation, and a quiz do the day after and then you might not have anything deliverable for another 2 weeks or so... because of the highly inconsistent stream of work... so again most weeks i would only spend a few hours going over coursework but then i would have one or 2 hell weeks as well (at least in my case, others may have had more consistent work assigned with less concentration one particular day with everything due) it is tough to give a reasonable average... I can say that I was able to work full time for a couple years and still maintain top notch grades every semester after freshman year (i.e. 4.0 or 3.9+ while working 40 hours) but that was due largely in part to being well organized and efficient...

some semesters/years are easier than others... I'd say that junior year was the toughest for me (much like high school) because you are trying to get all your ducks in a row with respect to internship recruiting, figuring out career paths, and making sure you are set to graduate the following year...

don't get too stressed out about the workload because it is manageable...

Dec 10, 2010
rufiolove:

you'll find that you have a lot of time at your disposal during college... you get blitzed at certain points when you have 2 tests in one day, a paper, a presentation, and a quiz do the day after and then you might not have anything deliverable for another 2 weeks or so... because of the highly inconsistent stream of work... so again most weeks i would only spend a few hours going over coursework but then i would have one or 2 hell weeks as well (at least in my case, others may have had more consistent work assigned with less concentration one particular day with everything due) it is tough to give a reasonable average... I can say that I was able to work full time for a couple years and still maintain top notch grades every semester after freshman year (i.e. 4.0 or 3.9+ while working 40 hours) but that was due largely in part to being well organized and efficient...

some semesters/years are easier than others... I'd say that junior year was the toughest for me (much like high school) because you are trying to get all your ducks in a row with respect to internship recruiting, figuring out career paths, and making sure you are set to graduate the following year...

don't get too stressed out about the workload because it is manageable...

Second This.

Dec 10, 2010

What school at Georgetown? If you're going to foreign service, you will work fucking hard.

I averaged about 40 hours a week outside of class - that's all-in, written work, studying, etc. On the other hand, my school has always ranked at the top of the "most demanding" lists.

Dec 10, 2010

mcdonough school of business...what did you hear about that school 2x2matrix? btw did you go to georgetown rufiolove? thanks a lot guys keep it coming

Dec 10, 2010
watever:

mcdonough school of business...what did you hear about that school 2x2matrix? btw did you go to georgetown rufiolove? thanks a lot guys keep it coming

How did I hear about foreign service? I have friends who go there. They're training you to join the foreign service, so it's really no joke, and the kids are competitive, too. Most undergrad bschools have relatively easy coursework (i.e. it's not applied math at MIT), but at the top ones the difficulty comes from the competition: everyone can't get an A, but everyone wants one.

Dec 9, 2010
watever:

mcdonough school of business...what did you hear about that school 2x2matrix? btw did you go to georgetown rufiolove? thanks a lot guys keep it coming

No, I didn't attend Georgetown... I went to Penn State... currently Cum Laude/borderline Magna depending on how my finals turn out...

Dec 10, 2010

maybe 20 hours / week studying chinese and 20 hours a week on all other studying (that includes going to class). Good grades in 2 majors at a lower tier ivy.

Dec 10, 2010

I keep track of how much time I study and set weekly goals to meet. Usually get in 30 hours a week

Dec 10, 2010

senior year:
- about 15-20% attendance rate to all my classes (got a job)
- ~15 hours of studying in hell week (midterms etc)
- zero in a typical week unless you count homeworks which makes it 5+

Dec 10, 2010

Average would be 25 hours a week at UIC (3.8/4.0 in Finance), although I may be overstating since I tend to remember the bad weeks more than the good weeks. Depending on the course selection, I could have easily cut it in half.

I know that it seems like a lot of time for an undergrad, but it did pay off for the CFA. I only put in 250 hours for Level I, 200 hours for Level II, and 100 hours for Level III (passed each on first try). I didn't think the CFA was that hard, but then again, UIC's Finance Program covered 80% of all three exams.

The bottom line: Put in your time now so you don't have to later when you decide to grab those certifications while you work full-time.

Unfortunately, for me, it's still UIC and not UC, and after working for 3 years, I've been unemployed for the subsequent 2 years. If there is one thing to say about top-tier schools, it's that they have infinitely greater downside protection when you need it the most.

Oh well, back to the studying for the GMAT so that I can get into Northwestern's MBA and press the reset button on the mess of a career/resume I've made for myself.

When you assume, you make an ass out of you... and only you.

Dec 10, 2010

I went to Columbia. I was too busy avoiding the popo to do my hw.

Dec 10, 2010

McDonough isn't that demanding and a lot of the kids there are bitter because they didn't get into, or left, the school of Foreign Service. That being said, it won't be a breeze and you'll have to earn those A's but, as previously said, its not like Applied Math or anything like that.

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Dec 10, 2010

I work 30-35 hours a week on a freight dock on top of taking 6 classes as a finance major. Gotta say I'm with someone that posted earlier regarding 0-3 hours a week of studying with all nighters for exams (have an exam in about 20 minutes and pulling all nighter after work for one tomorrow morning.) Non-target btw

Dec 10, 2010

I work 30-35 hours a week on a freight dock on top of taking 6 classes as a finance major. Gotta say I'm with someone that posted earlier regarding 0-3 hours a week of studying with all nighters for exams (have an exam in about 20 minutes and pulling all nighter after work for one tomorrow morning.) Non-target btw

Dec 10, 2010

I went to a top 25 undergrad biz school. It depended on my class schedule was like. When I had 3 or more biz classes in one semester, I was studying 60 plus hours week. I would put in 3 hours a day for each one of my finance courses.

Dec 10, 2010

High variance...

Lets count classes+problem sets+studying.

Best week: 15 hrs.
Worst week: 125 hrs (no joke) - lots of cs classes with everything due at once....

On average I'd say 40 hours. Add on extra curricular activities and more like 60 hours.

Dec 10, 2010

It's finals week right now and I have been studying from 10 till 4 every day, which is about 18 hours a day.

18*6 = only 108 hours. 120 hours a week must be insane.

Dec 10, 2010
bumbleb33:

It's finals week right now and I have been studying from 10 till 4 every day, which is about 18 hours a day.

18*6 = only 108 hours. 120 hours a week must be insane.

Yeah basically I cut out bathing for a week...did work while I ate...basically worked all the time.

My sleeping pattern sucked too..work 36 hours straight, sleep for 10 hours, back to work for anther 30...

Dec 10, 2010
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Dec 12, 2010

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