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Advantages of Working While Going to School

Before my sophomore year of college began, I decided that it was time to get a job to make up for the amount of money I spent my freshman year. Me, like most college students gravitate towards working during school because of the money. Now, three years have passed and I have realized the many advantages of working while going to school.

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Having a little extra cash is always comforting. Most part time jobs are not enough to live on, but that money may be going towards rent, or something smaller such as a new shirt or a video game. When you save up your extra money it can help relieve the burden of student loans after graduation.


The best way to learn how to budget your finances is by actually doing it yourself. I know I have learned the value of a dollar through my personal work experience. The money I make from working is the money I want to spend the least. When I put all of that hard work in, I like to budget my money to make sure I can pay for all my expenses along with having a little extra leftover. Watching the numbers go in and out of your bank account can be terrifying but it becomes less terrifying the better you budget yourself.


Even if your current job has nothing to do with your future career, having those connections can be essential in landing future positions. Make sure to establish good relations with a manager and/or supervisor because they are the ones you can put as a reference on your resume. They may even write letters of recommendation for you.


As said before, if you are in a part time position that is not related to your field directly you will still be gaining experience, real life experience. In a job you will have to learn to work with other employees, deal with angry customers, answer to a boss along with meeting deadlines. These are all examples of universal demands within the workplace. If you master them now you will excel quickly in your career.



Working while going to school can seem overwhelming at first. This forces you to learn how to prioritize your time, be organized and stay on top of school related tasks. Through this you will learn when to say “no” and when you should say “yes” to certain invites helping to scope out what is important and how to use your time efficiently.


Working during college can shape you into a well-rounded individual and offers many benefits. It is not a good idea for everyone, especially freshman who are probably overwhelmed and are adjusting to the changes occurring. Your school work should always come first. If you are feeling overwhelmed by both school and work, don’t be afraid to talk to your manager.

Otherwise do not be afraid to find a job and challenge yourself. You will never know what types of friends you will make and what you will learn about yourself as a person.



Some of my co-worker and I dressed up for Halloween.

jen“Jenny Agostino is a senior at Indiana University. She plans to graduate in May 2014 with a degree in Dietetics. After graduation Jenny hopes to complete a dietetic internship and obtain her license to practice as a registered Dietitian. She would also like to continue her education by attaining a Master’s degree in nutrition.”


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