I wouldn't say that a typical week is 35-40 hours but there are definately times when you will not have a life. It also does depend on your major, I had a roommate who was going into history and he never had more than a couple of pages to read and maybe write a short paper while I went into engineering and had multiple times where I had to pull all-nighters in order to get done on time (I'm sure that's partly my own fault as well). Depending on your major I would say that 35-40 hours is reasonable but not every week, especially not your first year when you're taking intro classes.
Well if you really want to get decent grades and pass you're classes with mostly A's then the 35-40 hours a week isn't a lie. I never studied close to that amount while in college and still received a B- GPA. I probably studied around 10 hours a week. I was a mechanical engineer also.
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