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Finding a Job While in College

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By BookRenter textbook franchise manager, Kimberly Erskine
Kimberly is a senior at Rowan University studying English, Writing Arts and Creative Arts. When she is not in school, she spends her time as a social media coordinator for her university and as a speciality medicine intern for Slack, Inc. Her interests include reading, writing, blogging, social media, publishing, marketing and pop culture.

Between increasing tuition rates, living expenses, and having a little leftover for the fun stuff, it is easy to feel strapped for cash. Many students look for part-time work to help them get through their college years. Both on-campus and off-campus jobs can be flexible with your busy schedule and provide you not only with extra cash, but with important experience that may help with your future career plans, as well.

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On-Campus Jobs:

Many students love on-campus jobs. These are typically given to students in one of two ways: 1) Federal Work Study (FWS), which comes as a part of a financial aid package, or 2) Institutional Work Study (IWS). FWS is the more common of the two. Most colleges will post job openings at the beginning of the year for FWS positions on their campus career website. These positions include light office work for various campus departments, on-campus dining, or working in the library.  IWS jobs are similar, but because the funds come from the department and not financial aid resources, experience may be required and competition will be tougher.  On-campus jobs can be great because your bosses understand firsthand how busy a student’s schedule can be. These jobs tend to have flexible hours and are convenient because you don’t have to worry about transportation costs.

Off-Campus Jobs:

Off- campus jobs provide another option for students in need of extra cash. Many students choose to work in the field of retail or food service. These jobs typically do not require experience and may allow for weekend hours (which will make it easier balancing school and work!). However, retail and food service jobs are not students’ only off-campus options. Another option is finding a job or internship in your specific area of interest. These jobs are great resume-builders and can help you begin to network in your field.  For example, a nursing student may want to look at securing an internship or job in a doctor’s office or hospital setting. This experience can create valuable connections to help students earn a promotion after they receive their degree.

When choosing a job during your college years, be sure to choose one that works the best with your schedule and that interests you. If possible, try to find a job related to the field you hope to break into after graduation. Get to know your co-workers, especially your supervisor so that you can rely on them for future references and perhaps even earn a promotion post-graduation.

Good luck with your job search and remember to smile and make the most of it!

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On-Campus or Off-Campus?

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by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

Having completed one year living in the dorms at University of Oregon, I can say that it was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had. I got the full on-campus experience: I made lots of new friends, I used and abused my campus meal plan, and I laid out on the campus lawns to enjoy some springtime sunshine.

There are things I will absolutely miss about living in the dorms. I’ll miss coming back to the dorms after a night out and having a delicious, greasy grilled cheese sandwich paid for with a single swipe of my student ID. I never even had to touch a pan or lift a Visa.

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However, there was much more to the dorms than just the food. The dorms are where I made my first college friends. Almost all of the my hallmates and I were great friends, because not only did we live together, we all experienced our first year of college together. There was no better bonding than comparing the loads of homework we had and if the hot guy in our psychology class had a girlfriend or not (what does the fact that they sit together every Tuesday mean?!). Anytime I needed to talkI could stick my head out the door and call out to my best friends who were only two doors down.

Another great thing about the dorms is the proximity to the gym. If I was motivated enough to go to the gym, it was only ten minutes away . My classes were only a ten minute walk away too! No bike rides to campus, no searching for parking. For an 8am class, being able to roll out of bed at 7:58am and still make it (mostly) on time to class is a wonderful perk.

However, for all of the great things dorms have to offer, they do have some drawbacks. Even though your best friends were only down the hall, so were the girls you couldn’t stand. Not to mention, even if you and your roommate were the peanut butter to each others’ jelly, sharing a 10ft by10ft box  had the potential to create tension from time to time.  And with a room that small, having private time or a significant other was typically out of the picture.

The final kicker against living in the dorms? Communal showers and shower shoes.

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Of course, having a shower all to yourself is not the only perk to off-campus living. Depending on the college you attend and the cost of living in that area, living off campus and buying your own food can actually be less expensive than living on-campus. Plus, you can make whatever food you want to eat whenever you want it. The on-campus food rarely changed so the options were limited.

Another advantage of off-campus living is having your own space and privacy. You’re not sharing a small room, you’re simply sharing the communal areas of a house or apartment. Instead of living, eating, sleeping, and going to school at the same place, you get to explore your wonderful college town and actually get off campus.

Overall, they both have their advantages and disadvantages. On-campus living is something I think everyone should try at least once, as it’s a great way to meet people, but once you’ve got that experience, off-campus living is a great lifestyle choice as well.

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