5 Tips For Getting A Job Your Freshman Year Of College

5 Tips For Getting A Job Your Freshman Year Of College

Getting a job your freshman year of college isn't always easy, but it certainly isn't impossible.

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Having played sports all growing up and throughout high school, I never really had the time to squeeze in a job. I babysat every summer and on weekends, and I volunteered with so many different organizations, but I had never had a "real job." You know, the kind where the money isn't tax-free and there aren't snacks you can help yourself to.

When I got to college, I didn't think it would be physically possible for me to get a job while balancing my school work, my sorority, and my social life. So, during my first semester, I just took everything in. It was the first time I had ever been able to choose my schedule, and I had so much freedom. I was able to spend my days how I wanted, and I was able to accomplish so much because I had a few major priorities that I was able to plan around.

When I got the hang of my schedule, I decided that I was going to make a few changes in my second semester. I find that I'm more productive if I stay busy, so I started looking for a job. I ended up finding a job in a field I hope to stay in and I genuinely love going to work. Here are a few things I kept in mind when I started looking for a job:

1. Look around on campus for job openings

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Having a job on campus makes it easy for you to get to and from work. Usually, if you have an on-campus job, your employer will be willing to work around your class schedule. Working in a place you're familiar with will make college seem more like home and also allows you to make friends who have the same interests as you.

2. Find out if your college is hiring

Sometimes different colleges at the University of Kentucky, or any university, will hire desk clerks or even interns. Although this may not be ideal for you, it will look great on resumes and letters of recommendation. Having a job that coincides with your major will give you an insight into your future career. Making connections early on in your college career will prove beneficial for you in the long run.

3. Sign up for Handshake

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Handshake is a website specifically for students to find jobs. It will open so many doors for you and will help you out down the road. It's an easy and efficient way to jumpstart your career!

4. Make a point to meet face-to-face with future employers

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Aside from using technology to put yourself out there, you will stand out among other students if you make genuine human connections with people. Society is pushing us more and more to use technology and human interaction is almost a thing of the past. Going out of your way to meet with future employers in person will definitely leave a lasting impression.

5. Keep an open mind 

Your first job likely won't be your dream job. It COULD be, though! Always keep an open mind when searching for a job in college. If there's a job out there that interests you in the slightest, submit an application. The worst thing that could happen is you get turned down, which can turn into motivation to continue to hunt for a job. A paying job is a paying job, but it won't be the end of the world if you end up deciding to quit. This piece of advice has stuck with me throughout my life: do what you have to do when you have to do it until you can do what you want to do whenever you want to do it.

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College. The true test of how well you're able to balance sleep, school, and a social life all at once. Each student knows this struggle all too well, but nursing students are forced to take this juggling act to the extreme. Between early morning clinicals, studying, homework, PrepUs, and care plans there is barely any time left to have a social life, or let alone sleep. To prove the struggle, here are 13 things that all nursing majors know too well.

1. How all the professors acted during your first week of nursing school

2. When your clinical instructor makes you arrive at 6 a.m. sharp every week and stay until 4 p.m.


3. When your professors schedule two tests in the same week along with 25 PrepU quizzes


4. When your test answer was correct but not the MOST correct


5. When you go home for break and your family members ask you how nursing school is going


6. When you somehow find time to go out but don't know how to dress in something other than scrubs


7. When your patient presses the call light for the 100th time in the last 10 minutes


8. When your clinical instructor lets you pass meds and start an IV all in the same day


9. How you feel when your patient says, "You're going to be a great nurse someday!"


10. When your friends get upset that you can never hang out with them anymore


11. When you argue with your professor on a test question and earn the whole class points back


12. How you felt after you successfully gave your first shot to a patient


13. And when you realize that one day all of this stress and hard work will finally pay off and you will have the job of your dreams!

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I'm Focused On My Career Life, Not My Love Life And I Don't Feel Like I'm Missing Out

You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant.

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I'm an independent girl. I have always had big dreams and I will do anything to reach those dreams. I have worked 20-40 hours a week since I was 15 years old. I have a great group of friends, filled with amazing women and wonderful men. I'm active in my social life and I'm always down for the newest adventure. I would say that my life is very rounded out. However, sometimes when I'm surrounded by my peers, I see that most of them are in some form of relationship. This, however, is an aspect of my life that is currently open for applicants.

Being almost 20 years old, I have friends in all different walks of the dating game. Some are in new and exciting relationships while others are getting prepared for marriage. Hearing the talks of future plans, significant others are a major part of my friends' futures. Not saying that I don't want to date, because I do, but I simply don't have time for it right now.

I would rather be looking for internships than swiping through Tinder. I would rather be building my portfolio than breaking down my walls. I would rather be adding experience to my resume than adding another guy into my life.

And, to be honest, I really hate this generation of dating. From the late night texts to the ghosting, I just hate it. I know a lot of people say this now, but I just don't want a relationship based around technology. I want something that is authentic, honest and real. I don't want to go on dates with guys from a dating app, knowing what their true intention is. I don't want to meet a random guy at a frat party (who probably isn't that good for me). I don't want to Netflix and chill.

Like my career, I want something I can learn from. I want someone I can learn from. I want someone that will help me towards my goals, rather than distracting me from them. I want someone who is as focused on their careers as I am. And frankly, I don't think this is a bad thing.

So, while some girls are planning their wedding days or their future kids' names, I am planning the details to creating my own business and how I'm going to get there. I'm proud that I know where I want to be in my career. Sure, I don't have a boyfriend or any romantic future plans, but that shouldn't make me feel less than.

If you're work driven, please be proud of that! You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant. Get that promotion, start that business, grow your work experience. Your love life will follow and it will feel so much sweeter when it does come. Be excited for your friends and their love lives, but be excited for what's to come for you too. If you're passionate about something, it doesn't have to feel like you're missing out.

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