To All Those Students Who Spent The Summer Working, Get Used To It

To All Those Students Who Spent The Summer Working, Get Used To It

As we get older, and are expected to have more responsibilities, most people consider getting a job for the summer.


Summer used to be a time for relaxation, vacation, fun, and, perhaps, most importantly, no school. Every time spring would roll around, students would all eagerly await the sweet few months of hot weather and nothing important to do. However, as we students get older, and are expected to have more responsibilities, most people consider getting a job for the summer.

Now, the number of jobs that will employ a student for only a few months, give or take a few vacation days and sick days, are very slim. Especially if you are a college student going to an out of state school, like myself. Luckily, I have been able to find a summer job, twice, four years apart, and right before my junior year of a school. Weird coincidence.

Another weird coincidence is that these jobs have made me feel some type of way for a period of my summer. This summer I worked two jobs, one at my dad's office doing data entry, and one job canvassing for an environmental organization. In the summer of 2014, I worked as a lifeguard. While I enjoyed my job doing data entry, it's a lot more fun than it sounds, the other two jobs caused me to have a bit of a crisis in those last few days in July and the first few days in August.

You see, both lifeguarding and canvassing caused me to feel like I had wasted my favorite time of the year. That I had been too focused on making money instead of doing things that I really wanted to do over the summer. I'm sure I'm not the only student who had a summer job, who felt like they had wasted their summer. Hey, I'm pretty sure that everyone has felt like they had wasted time doing things they hated when they could have been doing things they loved.

No one seems to know how to deal with this feeling, but wonder what could have been. Now, I'm not sure how to get rid of the feeling entirely, but I do know how to deal with the feeling of a student seemingly wasting their summer working. Get used to it.

I'm sorry if this is harsh, but it's the reality. Unless you become a teacher, you are going to have to spend every summer until retirement working. Even teachers have to spend their summer preparing for the next school year. And being a teacher is also is really hard, so don't do it for the vacations.

But just because you worked during the summer, doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. People still go on vacations, take day trips, and enjoy the many holidays and sales. Your boss will likely understand if you want to take days off, heck, they might even be taking days off for vacations as well.

All I'm saying is, enjoy the summer vacations you have, and if you did have a job over the summer, you probably made a ton of money, which is always a good thing.

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I Don't Care How Hard Your Major Is, There Is No Excuse Not To Have A Job While In College

If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.


We seem to live in a generation where everyone wants to go to college.

It is nice to see that people want to invest in their education, but at what expense? It's easy to commit to a school, and it is even easier to get yourself and your parents into thousands of dollars of debt because you're "living your best life."

To me, it's pathetic if you're over the age of eighteen and you don't have some sort of income or responsibilities outside of homework and attendance. The old excuse, "I want to focus on school," is no longer valid. You can get all A's while having a job, and that has nothing to do with intelligence, but rather your will to succeed. "I don't have time for a job/internship," translates to, "I'm really lazy,".

You don't need to overextend yourself and work forty hours a week, but you should at least work summers or weekends. Any job is a good job. Whether you babysit, walk dogs, work retail, serve tables or have an internship. You need to do something.

"My major is too hard," is not an excuse either. If you can go out on the weekends, you can work.

The rigor of your major should not determine whether or not you decide to contribute to your education. If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.

Working hard in school does not compensate for having any sense of responsibility.

I understand that not everyone has the same level of time management skills, but if you truly can't work during the school year, you need to be working over the summer and during your breaks. The money you make should not exclusively be for spending; you should be putting it towards books, loans, or housing.

Internships are important too, paid or not.

In my opinion, if you chose not to work for income, you should be working for experience. Your resume includes your degree, but your degree does not include your resume. Experience is important, and internships provide experience. A person working an unpaid internship deserves the same credit as a student working full/part-time.

Though they are not bringing in income for their education, they are gaining experience, and opening up potential opportunities for themselves.

If you go to college just to go to class and do nothing else, then you don't deserve to be there. College is so much more than just turning in assignments, it is a place for mental and academic growth. You need to contribute to your education, whether it is through working for income or working for knowledge or experience.

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11 Amazing Indie Artists For Your Summer Soundtrack

Don't let me stop you from listening to mainstream, summery pop, but also take the time to consider these AMAZING music artists.


The summer is often times full of sunshine and long car rides, both of which need a good soundtrack. Even if you're spending the whole summer working a part-time job you probably hate, you need a soundtrack. Music is the icing on top of the cake that is summer, and the following is a list of some damn good icing.

So, buckle in and listen because these indie artists are about to play in the background of your entire summer. There's no need for that pop radio anymore.

1. Daughter

2. Liza Anne

3. The Milk Carton Kids

4. Margot & The Nuclear So and So's

5. Hippo Campus

6. The National

7. Aquilo

8. Amber Run

9. Oh Wonder

10. Billie Marten

11. James Vincent McMorrow

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