What No One Tells You About Working In College

What No One Tells You About Working In College

The truth about being a student worker

Plenty of people in college pick up part-time jobs. Some many help out with bills such as tuition or books or rent. Others may use their paychecks for pizza and shitty beer. Whatever your reasoning is, here are the pros and cons you should know before getting a part-time job in college:

Pro: You can afford more than Ramen.

Not saying that every student worker doesn't eat Ramen but we have the luxury of ordering delivery or picking up Chipotle every once and a while.


"I can't I have to work" becomes an automatic response to anyone who wants to hang out. Oh, your friends want to go out on a Thursday night? Sorry, have to work. I'll watch all your Snapchat stories and wish I was there though.

Pro: Money.

Who doesn't enjoy having money in your bank account? Your friend complaining about how she only has $1 in her bank account? Sorry, can't relate.

Con: Money disappears too quickly.

The first couple days after getting a paycheck you're swimming in takeout orders but the next after you're back to eating Ramen leaving you wondering where all that money went. Paying for bills makes this even worse. A click of a confirmation button and your whole paycheck can disappear.

Pro: Builds your resume.

Nothing says "employ me!" than working part-time and being a full-time college student. Employers like to see that you can handle working and being a full-time student.

Con: Time.

You have no time. Ever. You think you can relax on a Wednesday? Nope. Working means taking away from time you could've spent studying, doing laundry, homework, eating, or working out.

Pro: You make friends

College kids ban together and form friendships at work on the foundation of complaining together. No one understands the struggle but your coworkers. Plus for freshmen, this is an easy way to be forced to interact with other human beings

Con: Drama at work.

Unfortunately, some people in college haven't yet learned to leave the drama in high school so drama at work can become a problem. Rumors spread like wildfire so be nice to everyone so you can sit back and enjoy the show and not get sucked into it.

All in all, working during college has taught me a lot about myself that I wouldn't have learned just sitting in a classroom and I've met a lot of my closest friends at work. Now that you know the pros and cons, the choice is yours: to work or not to work?

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

SEE ALSO: To The Teacher Who Helped Shape Me

I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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