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I'm Asking: Did You Have a Job During College?

I'm Asking: Did You Have a Job During College?

Some consider dedicating yourself as a full-time college student a full-time job in itself, but going to school and living away from home is expensive and might require the income of at least a part-time job.

I worked throughout my four years, earning money working on-campus and waitressing off-campus. Did you work during college?


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chibarosa chibarosa 8 years
Yep. I've worked at least one part-time job, up to as many as 3 jobs at a time, since I was 15 years old. I put myself through college and still owe tons in student loans even though I graduated years ago.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
I didn't work during the school year, only in the summer and on winter break. That was enough $ for my spending $ for the year. I also didn't have that much extra time as I always took a full course load and I was a student-athlete the whole time I was in college. Thankfully my parents were able to pay for the rest and I didn't have to take out a loan.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
I went back to school at the age of 25. I started by going to night school and working a full time job. Once I received my associates, I had to quit my job with benefits and vacation so that I could go to a four year school. No one helped me pay for a penny of school, so I had to work pretty much full time in order to pay for my apartment and all the things that go with it. At one point, I asked my Dad if I could move back in with him, but he said no. It was such a hard time, but I really enjoyed it and I'm proud that I did it all by myself. I just wish that I would've gotten a more useful degree. Everyone thinks that the only thing one can do with an English degree is teach and I'm not about to work in the American school system.
allykat424 allykat424 8 years
i held 2 part time jobs all four years
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i did work full time while i was in college. it was kind of upsetting to be at first since my father had told my brothers that they were to focus on school and not work so he gave them money and then when it came to me, i didn't get that luxury so i had to work to pay for both school (which they didn't have to do) and to have spending money. it's just a sign of the times i guess and the fact that after a certain point i was going to school and living in NYC and that's not necessarily the same as my brothers. i worked in retail stores the entire time since that was the best place for me to make $$ (i was on commission in a few larger designer dept stores and boutiques) and that also meant that i could shop at a discount which was key.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
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JennaV JennaV 8 years
Yuppers...I worked a pharmacy technician throughout college and for a year beyond.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Yes - but not for tuition's sake but for my spending money! I was a campus tour guide for three years and an admissions interviewer during my senior year, so I interviewed prospective students after they applied. I loved both jobs.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
College seems like such an American thing to me... I didnt go neither did my partner but we both have good jobs and have worked our way up in our careers. That being said, I've been working since 14... was kicked out with nothing at 17, didnt have the money to go to college, nor eat or house myself!. I am enrolled now (on a gap year) and will be hopefully continuing alongside my full time job as of next year
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, I did. It was good thing. It kept me out of trouble. :)
kperry2414 kperry2414 8 years
I've worked part time during school ever since I was 14 all the way through law school. Grocery store, furniture store, fabric store, tutor, hostess, camp counselor, bartender, you name it. It was absolutely necessary but I still have an astronomical amount of student loans.
lizkiernan lizkiernan 8 years
Yup. I worked full time during college and now I work two full time jobs. Hopefully not for that much longer!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I had a work-study position at the school library as an undergrad and a research assistantship in graduate school. However, 20 hours a week of minimum wage doesn't quite pay the rent.
millarci millarci 8 years
Absolutely! I worked in my college gym. I can't imagine not having a job while being in school. I had bills to pay.
Cocoangel Cocoangel 8 years
I was a Resident Assistant at a girls dorm which worked out great because I had room & board + a little salary. The worst times were being called in the middle of the night to take care of the drunk, heartbroken or cat-fighting girls, but most the time it was great. I was lucky that my parents paid for tuition, as long as I finished my degree in 4 years. That was a great motivator!
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 8 years
I did because I had to but I think it's great when people don't have to work during college. That being said I think parents should only cover necessities. I had too many friends with too much extra spending money from their parents and it just led to excessive partying.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I'm in college right now and I don't have a job. I would like to get a job, but college takes up so much of my time. I only go to school from Monday-Thursdays, but I also have tons of homework & papers to do in addition to my other committments (baby-sitting, etc.). I applaud all of you can go to college and have a job at the same time, because I don't think I could do it. I will get a job eventually but it's too stressful right now.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I worked part-time in college starting my second year. I worked in student affairs and then my senior year, I picked up a second part-time job in a media lab. In grad school, I tutored and also worked as a TA and grader my second year. Kept me busy.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
Yep. I don't know many people that have a choice -- most I know hold down a job while going to school. I served tables the first two years, but now the university pays me (I work in a lab and teach first & second year chem labs). It's much easier having a campus job and cutting out all that travelling time!
ladypenguin ladypenguin 8 years
School full-time and work part-time (up to 30 hrs a week) during undergrad. I'm starting my master's now, so it'll be work full-time and school part-time for the next two years.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
I am a full-time student right now, and I work a part time job at Capezio. This is my 3rd year, and my first time working AND studying at the same time. I don't know yet if I can handle it...but I feel better hearing that a lot of you did it. So can I! I don't really NEED the money, just the experience. I want to be able to say that I worked at one place for longer than just 3 months (a summer).
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
Yes, I worked all four years in a work-study program in the Administration building of my school.
aylee aylee 8 years
I worked part time when I was in college full-time. I actually stayed with the same employer when I graduated.
modemlooper modemlooper 8 years
yes I worked in cafes as I needed the free caffeine...LOL!
facin8me facin8me 8 years
I taught biology undergraduates for two years when I was junior and senior in college. I also did some unpaid research for an honors thesis and had a paid fellowship in another lab.
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