Regardless of your year in school, your age, or your background, there are some awesome universal ways in which we can all save money when it comes to paying for a college education. So, in order to better prepare us all for the expenses to come with future semesters, I’ve started this new blog series to help the average college student save money on their tuition bill and beyond.
Working during college can be a great way to earn money and help to pay for your tuition and other expenses. In high school, I never thought I would work a part-time job here at Ohio State. I did not think I would have the time to balance classes, work and a social life. However, after realizing that some extra money would be a big help to me, I applied to work for Dining Services last semester — and I couldn’t be happier that I did! Today, I’m going to tell you how having a job in college can help your bank account out.
Firstly, having a job here at OSU has actually helped me to improve my spending habits. I’ve found that working at Kennedy Commons for a few evenings each week has prevented me from spending money at off-campus restaurants, online shopping, or other activities that I would be doing if I were not at work. So, rather than spending money, I am earning it instead, which really makes a difference!
In addition, the extra income that comes with a part-time job can add up pretty quickly, though you might not think it. Many on- and off-campus employers offer excellent wages for college students that far exceed the minimum wage. I only work 10-15 hours each week, but the income has really showed — it adds up quicker than you would imagine.
I’m sure many of you are concerned about scheduling your shifts around all of your other commitments, but I want to take a minute to clear up this misconception. I’ve never had an issue with scheduling for my current job. In fact, my employer has a policy in which academics will always be prioritized over work, so we are not even allowed to be scheduled to work during times in which we have classes. So, rest assured that your work experience at OSU will not only be financially-rewarding, but convenient and fun as well.
Ready to apply? Check out OSU’s Student Job Board to start your search today!