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The Easiest Jobs to Take On During a Semester

 Written by    May 24, 2019

If you’re like the majority of college students everywhere, you need money. You’re probably in debt right now. You’re a confused young adult. Don’t you worry, I feel you. One of the hardest things to find balance in is work life and school life when you’re a full-time student. How do you have enough time to do your homework, study, and actually get to sleep while hanging on to a job? I’ve found a few ways to manage the system, and I’ve compiled all the best jobs to do during school.


1. Freelance.

This is what I do! I’m a freelance writer and editor at Upwork, and it’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made. I gain real-world experience, get to see my work on different websites and at different businesses, and I set my own schedule. Of course, most project have deadlines, but I’m able to do the work during the times of day that are best for me; sometimes that’s 9 in the morning before class, sometimes that’s while I eat lunch, and sometimes that’s at 8 on a Saturday night. I don’t have to go anywhere for my job — I get to feel productive in my PJs, which is a great feeling.

2. Check out different class notes platforms.

Stuvia, Nexus Notes, Course Hero, StudySoup, and others are great places to sell your class notes. This job kills two birds with one stone: it encourages  you to take notes so you do well in class, and it barely takes up any of your free time! Plus, it’s an opportunity to help others who need a few extra resources to do well in class, who aren’t able to take notes themselves, or who have to miss class days for circumstances out of their control.

3. Be a note taker for OSU!

I’ve mentioned this in past posts before, but the Office of Disability Services allows students to request a note-taker if they need one. If your professor mentions that a student in class is looking for a note-taker, I highly recommend jumping on the opportunity. Like job #2 listed above, it encourages you to take better notes and contributes to your own success, but unlike #2, you get to connect with a real person in your class and see the results of your help. This isn’t a job that makes you hourly money to pay your rent or anything, but it’s a great way to motivate yourself and earn a little extra cash on the side.

4. Tutor in your strongest subjects.

As an English major, I’ve heard many classmates talk about their work in the writing center here on campus. They get to teach what they know about writing essays, reports, resumes, and creative works to those that are stuck or simply out of their element. There are plenty of help centers around campus for all subjects if you’re looking to tutor. (Or looking for someone to tutor you!)

In high school, I tutored elementary in middle school students for a couple hours each week. If you aren’t confident in your ability to teach at the college level, this can be a great option if you live close or have connections in local communities. If you’re the opposite and you feel really confident in your ability to teach classes you’ve taken, you can look into TA positions for your favorite courses and professors.

5. Be a study participant.

If you’re in psychology or sociology classes, it’s pretty likely that you’ll have classmates looking for participants in a study they’re doing. There are also flyers all around campus, advertisements on the CABS busses, and the occasional class visitor with handouts for anyone willing to take one. This is obviously not a consistent “job”, but there are some pretty regular opportunities to participate. It’s a unique experience, you get to contribute to science, and you get paid!

6. Be an OA.

While RAs have a lot of responsibilities, planning, and people to worry about, an OA can help out in the dorms without too heavy of a work load. After you get the basic training of your responsibilities, a lot of the job is routine. It’s also a great way to make friends with coworkers and people in your building since you’re the first person to greet anyone that walks in the door. You get to set your own hours here, and if you take the late shifts where there isn’t much to worry about, you’ll most likely have time to get your homework and studying done while on the clock.


If you look in the right places, there are plenty of jobs in and around campus that are manageable with a student schedule. If you’re feeling more ambitious, you can always work for OSU in other ways (library assisting, dining hall work, tour guiding, secretarial work) or work at the numerous restaurants, shops, businesses, and apartments around campus. There’s a way to handle work and school at the same time; you just have to find the job that best suits you.

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