Is Working During College Right For You?

Many students choose to work during college, either because they have to or want extra spending money. There are also many students that choose not to work for various reasons as well.

Is a getting a job during college right for you?

Check out what these students at Michigan State University said about the benefits and drawbacks to working during school, and not working. Let them help you decide.

Iris Tuma, a sophomore at Michigan State University has three jobs. She works at the MSU archives, is a nanny for a family and teaches dance at a local studio, all while keeping up with academic demands.

While Tuma likes being responsible for her funds, she admits there are negative aspects to working during college as well.

“I like that I am making my own money and understand the value of it. I have to work to pay for college and pay rent next year,” Tuma said. “It definitely affects my homework time but it also teaches me how to budget my time better.”

Tuma makes a good point.

Studies have shown that students that work while in school are more effective at time management and as a result do better in their classes.

However, balancing work and school can minimize your free time for relaxation and your social life.

“The only time working really affects my social life is when I have to work in the evenings. Also, occasionally on the weekend it will take time away that I would typically spend with friends or my boyfriend,” Tuma said.

Chelsea Bosma, a sophomore at Michigan State University also works during school.

“I work at the MSU archives and the Michigan Athletic Club. I work because I have to but also for extra spending money,” Bosma said.

Bosma says working can cause extra stress when less time can be spent on homework.

“I have less time to do homework and study,” Bosma said.

Emily Von Linsowe, a sophomore at Michigan State University has chosen not to work while in college because she says it’s easier to focus on school.

“While the benefits of not working are more study time, there’s not a whole lot of extra money,” Von Linsowe said.

Von Linsowe says she enjoys having more social time and time for homework as a result of not having a job.

Now that you have read the testaments of working and non-working students, you can make a more informed decision of whether or not to start applying for jobs.

There is still more to consider, however.

If you aren’t forced to work, but are still considering getting a job, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you good at multitasking?
  • Are you able to manage your time effectively?
  • Are you willing to give up time for relaxation and socializing?

If you can answer yes to the questions above, getting a job while being a student might be a good decision for you. Getting a job to make extra money for fun also ironically means less time for fun. So make sure you weigh all of your options.

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Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying journalism and philosophy of law. Aside from reporting, Madeline enjoys tae kwon do, reading, writing, researching and traveling, and can be considered a music enthusiast. Madeline currently works as an intern for, and is a banquet server at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI. Perfecting the storytelling side of reporting is something she looks forward to in her future career as a journalist.
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