For my first couple of years (during community college) I continued to work part time and did full time school as well - that was pretty a pretty manageable workload until I finished my Associate's and moved on to my Bachelor's degree. Then I left the retail job I was working and just spent a year or two on myself where I more or less lived on the excess financial aid and made some money decisions that I now regret (oops, live and learn!) Later into my degree the workload started to lighten up as I filled out all of the electives and "fluff" work like Humanities credits, so I picked up a different part time job working in a retail warehouse early mornings for a bit. Grew tired of that after a year and started pet sitting/dog walking and coaching at my gym to pay the bills.
I started applying to jobs about a year before my graduation, and became more serious about it about 6 months away from the big day. I managed to find my first software dev job the same month I graduated! :)
Hmmm, that was probably a longer story than it needed to be.. lol
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