To do final student teaching, I did have to quit my job and lose my benefits...but I had taken out additional student loan money to live on, and paid for catastrophic insurance for seven months. It's possible! Not desirable, but possible!! It's all been worth it, and for me, the ST gave me a clearer understanding of all my teacher ed as well as more "trial and error" time that was priceless! Maybe it's because I'm older, but I think I needed that transition time!