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    Hey, so I just started year 12 and am finding it quite stressful already. I'm doing 4 AS levels, working around 10-15 hours a week at McDonald's and trying to maintain hobbies/interests, a social life, time with my boyfriend and driving lessons on top of that.

    Right now, I'm struggling and I'm worried that the first things that I'll inevitably abandon will be the last few which are what keep me happy and sane. The extra workload has just came as a shock after summer.

    I think I have two options: drop an AS level and do 3 instead (which my college lets me do) or to quit my job (I don't need the money, it's just nice to have but I don't know if the experience is worth it).

    So it would be incredibly helpful if someone could give some advice at what I should do. Thank you!

    Can you try and get less hours at work? You're completely right in that the experience is good, but you want to try and focus on your studies. I'd say to keep your 4 AS levels - if you drop one now, you're stuck with them and they might get more intolerable as you go. You want to make sure you carry the best ones on to A2.

    Cut your work hours.

    Drop an an As, my sister is in year 12 and shes dropping one of hers already


    I had this trouble at AS (minus the boyf), and I ended up having a little breakdown and crying for a long time, I couldn't cope. But I spoke to my manager and he was so so so understanding, I was still relatively new at the time but he could see how overworked I was and he aggreed. I cut my hours from 8 hours to 6 and it's proved to be a lot more helpful - the pocket money is great but, let's be honest, you have your whole life to work and your education comes first because nowadays, I don't know how long we're gonna have it. Make the most of it... you could go back after A levels when you've got the balance right but, make sure you're focus on studying first x

    I'd quit the job, a friend of my works there too and they are horrendous for giving people like double their contracted hours. Maybe find somewhere with just an 8 hour contract, and the wage for McDonald's really isn't that great!

    Quit Maccie D's, not worth dropping an AS level, try getting a job at Tesco or Sainsbury's instead.
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