Unemployment- Study On Northwestern Students

Unemployment- Study On Northwestern Students

Numeracy Journalism

Previously written for a Journalism 201 course on interviewing and writing.

Wandering through downtown Evanston, Illinois, one can find shops typical to a college town: popular clothing stores, hip-workout spots, and an abundance of inexpensive food options.

With about half of Northwestern University’s undergraduate population falling within the age range of 16-19 years old, approximately 4,000 students represent a portion of the population that has more than triple the average unemployment rate which is 5 percent, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one might assume that this inflated unemployment rate is detrimental to the profits of businesses.

Businesses however are doing great thanks to local families and retirees who frequent the shops. Evanston retail workers also attribute many a sale to visiting parents, eager to treat their college students. Karl Thelen, 26, an employee at American Apparel said that “about 50 percent of the store’s shoppers are students” while the rest are “moms and families.” Alicia Fuller, 22, a sales associate at Gap approximated the age of an average shopper to be “about 25-years-old, maybe a little older.”

Additionally, if the past year is a reliable indicator, the unemployed population within young college students is dropping, as there was a decrease from 16.8 percent in December 2014 to 16.1 percent in December 2015 as shown in Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Evanston stores could see even greater profits.

This trend is certainly represented at Northwestern as many students take advantage of the work-study program, which provides on campus-jobs as a form of financial aide.

Freshman Emily Lewis, 18, has worked six to eight hours a week since the beginning of the school year at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, noting that “it is convenient that it [her job] is on campus. When asked what motivated her to use her work-study opportunity Emily said “Without a job, I would have no money.”

Still, other students seek employment off campus. Emma Evans, 18, was recently hired at the Pure Barrre studio in Evanston. Emma said that she postponed her job hunt until second quarter of her freshman year as she “Decided that my full time job, especially first quarter, was being a student and making sure I was integrated into the Northwestern community and doing well in classes.” Nonetheless, the temptation of making money and having the more grown-up experience of an off campus job called Emma to take on more responsibility.

While the unemployment rate for students early in their undergraduate career is still much higher than the national average, the incentive to make money is strong as Bryan Holden, 18, a freshmen considering getting a job, said “In college what you need is stupid money that you can waste,” which is easy to do when you live in a town like Evanston, full of stores that cater to, and benefit from that spend-happy state of mind. Grabbing a job application with a to-go-bag from your favorite restaurant just might be the new thing to do. ###

Source List:

Emily Lewis, 18, freshman, undecided, Northwestern University, Gorham, Maine, 207-239-1755, emilylewis2019@u.northwestern.edu

Bryan Holden, 19, freshman, communication studies, Northwestern University, Arlington, Texas, 817-946-6912, bryanholden@u.northwestern.edu

Emma Evans, 18, freshman, undecided, Northwestern University, Cleveland, Ohio, 216-702-0756 emmaevans2019@u.northwestern.edu

Alicia Fuller, Evanston, Illinois 22, 847-809-6177

Karl Thelen, Chicago, Illinois 26, 847-913-5032

Jamila Smith, Evanston, Illinois, 31, 847-494-7453

Brynn Samp, Chicago, Illinois 24, 218-851-2574

Dids Patel, Evanston, Illinois, 24, 872-806-8090

Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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