So. I'm an engineering student. Mechatronics engineering, its about robots mostly. I'm doing very well at school and I'm proud of what I'm studying. I'm in my 20s however, and the reason I'm still a student is because of a few things. First, I had a wild teenage life that made me go through a few high school due to conduct and such. During that time, I spent about a year more or less helping my father on a business venture and out of school. I remember that I offered my help cause it seemed that he needed it. After refusing once saying that I had to stay in school, he accepted the second time I asked because he knew he needed it. In teary eyes, he told me he would make it up to me. After that year passed, he sold the store and went back to engineering (he's an electronics engineer) and it took me 2 more years to graduate high school.
Some time later, when I finally applied and got accepted into the university that I wanted to go to, He was proud of me and said he would help in any way that he could, but was in between jobs at the moment. I remember I sold my Hacked PSP to pay for some stuff I would need. I worked on the weekends at a swap met so that It wouldn't interfere with school too much. When that fell through my attention was centered completely on school and by then my father had already found a job. Things were picking up.
Things where great until I had an accident and got booted from school for missing 2 semesters due to surgeries. A corrupt and exceedingly bureaucratic system got the better of me and I ended up loosing 4 semesters of progress. I was studying electronics engineering.
In a way that was a good thing (excluding the pain, near death experience, and the month of battling the urge of accepting help from a few shady characters to have the person responsible for the accident pay). Due to that incident, I landed in a new university, who didn't accept any credits earned in my previous school because of a different system. This new school is where I'm studying mechatronics engineering. I feel that I've learned much more than In the previous school and it has re kindled my interest in engineering. The thing is, I still have 2 years to go. My father keeps saying that its ok, and since he can, he can continue to pay for my school and expenses as long as I keep working hard. But every time I think about all the time I've spent in this student position, and not working, it makes me feel bad. I spend as little $ as possible and rarely ask for supplies or anything school related. Rarely go out, And I try to help them in just about anything they need or want help with. I feel that I should get a job, but I spend lots of time working hard at school, competing mostly with 1 or 2 guys for the top spot in every class. Getting a job means that doing that would very hard.
I already told my parents that the only reason I work so hard at school is so that I can take care of them when they're older. I want them to be happy and be more at ease about their expenses, wich at the moment include me. Getting a job makes me feel that if Doing good at school becomes too dificult because of it, then all the time I've spend as a student was for nothing.
I need the help of the giant bomb community and an outside opinion.
If I'm 20 something and still 2 years away from graduating, Should I get a job before then,or should look the other way for now and pay them back 10 times fold when I'm an engineer?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and replying.