Everything on a college campus comes with a dollar sign. Between rising tuition costs and student loan interest rates, higher education comes with a hefty price tag.
Embracing a part-time or full-time job is a reality many college students deal with. For some students, one of the many questions that goes along with finding a job is whether to look for a job on or off campus. As with every job, there are pros and cons to both.
Kelsie Godfrey, a sophomore studying microbiology, has worked jobs both on and off campus. While on campus, Godfrey said she didn’t have many opportunities to interact with people and be social.
“It wasn’t like a customer service job where you get to be with people and talking with people and helping,” said Godfrey about her time working on campus with the football team.
While she did not get the social interaction she was hoping for, Godfrey said she did enjoy some of the other benefits that go along with working with a collegiate sports team. One of these was traveling to interstate games and free entrance to the games. Godfrey said she enjoyed that she was eligible for work-study, meaning her paycheck went directly toward tuition, and that she did not have to travel far to get to work.
Bailey Robinson, a sophomore working on her general studies, said that the people she works with determine a good or bad job experience.
“The people that I work with are some of my really good friends, and they’re all really great,” said Robinson about her on-campus job. “I have a lot in common with a lot of the people I work with.”
As for her off-campus job, Robinson said the best part was the pay rather than the social aspect.
“I have a few people that I can sit and have a conversation with, or that I work well with, but not many,” Robinson said.
Robinson also cited disorganized management as another frustrating element at her off-campus job.
“My boss is very disorganized,” Robinson said. “If I tell her I need a day off in advance, she tends to forget, even if I tell her two or three times. Sometimes, the week of, I’d remind her I needed a day off, and she would have me scheduled to work, and that became a headache for everyone.”
J.J. Freeman, a sophomore studying musical theater, said that at neither his current on-campus job nor his previous off-campus job were there many things he disliked, except for inconsistent management. He said he enjoys that his on-campus job is flexible and willing to work with his schedule. Freeman suggested that students looking for jobs start their search on campus.
“Employers on campus are always more willing to work with your schedule, no matter how crazy,” he said.
Another great part of his on-campus job, Freeman said, is that it’s in the same building as many of his classes. This makes getting to work as easy as going to school.
“I don’t have to ever worry about having to be at work when I need to be at school, and that’s really great,” Freeman said. “It’s really nice, because my job is in the building where I’m at all the time anyways, so I’m already there when it’s time for work, so it’s not a big hassle to get there.”