9 Struggles All Students Who Work On-Campus During College Understand

9 Struggles All Students Who Work On-Campus During College Understand

Hang on, it'll all be worth it in the end.

College is expensive and for some, it is the first time we have jobs. For others, they continue working like they did in high school, but for all of us its hard to adjust the overload of school work and the lack of money in your bank account. It gets a little tricky sometimes.

1. Running into your supervisors on campus

It's really embarrassing when you’re acting like an idiot with your friends and just being you and accidentally run into your supervisor. Things get awkward really fast, especially if they think you’re some kind of polite, respectful angel before they catch you telling fart jokes with your friends.

2. Sometimes it gets embarrassing

Waiting on your classmates gets to be humiliating sometimes because you feel almost like a lower class to them because you have to do basically whatever they ask you to and smile while doing it even if they are rude.

3. Not getting much experience

Because there are so many people on campus and so many things that need to be done, all the jobs are sectioned off and very specific. Like, there are dish people and then there are pots people and they never really see each other even though their jobs are very similar. But, because of the specialized system, we aren’t getting a very wide range of experience. My experience in the dining hall is narrow but very extensive when it comes to the beverage stations.

4. Having a limit on the number of hours you can work

I’m not sure if other schools do this, but at Illinois State students can only work a max of 29 hours a week and only 10 a day if you’re working for the university (i.e. dining hall, administration office, basically any job on campus.) Its very unfortunate that when you have time to work a bunch of hours one week, you can’t because the school won’t let you. I understand that we’re here to learn not to work, but if you can swing it, why not?

5. Working a lot and letting your academics slide a little

Unless you are a master juggler, you find it very hard to multi-task. Sometimes, whilst trying to put your all into your work and doing the best you can, you gently set your academics onto the backburner. You forget to turn in an assignment or lose track of a project deadline.

6. Getting little pay for dealing with rude college kids

People can be very rude when you inconvenience them. I work in the dining hall closing the beverage stations at night and people get very offended when I tell them they can’t use the chocolate milk because we already cleaned it. Like, it’s not personal, but they act as if you have shut down the drink station closest to them just to screw up their entire day and not because its almost closing and you need to clean it, so everyone can go home.

7. Finding time to work between classes

It's really hard to find time to actually work because you have so much going on with projects, research, studying, labs, there is a lot that needs to be done and so little time to do it.

8. Not having any time for friends

It’s a really bad feeling when you can’t hang out with your friends because you have to work, and you see them around your place of work, which immediately results in you getting FOMO (aka fear of missing out.)

9. Missing games and other campus activities because you’re working them

It's like you are there and physically you are, but you really aren’t because you have to focus on doing your job and making sure things go well so you can really join in on the festivities.

Were any of these relatable? Did they make you realize that you forgot something? Keep hanging in there. It’ll all be worth it in the end.

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One day, you'll be thankful for us.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.


"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

Sit down, be humble.


To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.


" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.


3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.


4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.


5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

visual representation of what it looks like when you join too many clubs


6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.


7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.


8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.


9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.


10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.


11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.


12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout


13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.


14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.


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