Off campus jobs promote responsibility
By Matt Thomas
I am a sophomore in college. I am 19 years old. I have five jobs. When asked why I choose to live life such as this, I have one simple answer: Money.
On top of being a full-time student with a 19-credit hour schedule, I work at a local dry cleaner’s and a local ice cream shop. I am a substitute teacher and a private math tutor. And most recently, I accepted a position at a video rental store. (Yes, that is still a thing in 2016, despite the soaring popularity of Netflix, Hulu and Redbox rentals.)
Although having a large number of jobs can be very stressful at times, it also keeps me organized and on top of all of the responsibilities in my life. This is similar to what some athletes may say—many times they feel as though their lives are more organized when they’re in the midst of their athletic season.
On-campus jobs are also beneficial and can be a simple way for college students to earn money, but they can give a somewhat false impression of how jobs are meant to be. While I can relax and do homework sometimes at a couple of my jobs, I am usually always occupied with tasks related to my job, instead of being able to get paid to sit and do my homework, which is one of the benefits of a work-study job.
All in all, I will be happy to graduate and have one full-time job to consume my time instead of multiple part-time jobs and school work. Until that time comes, I’ll be glad to serve you ice cream, dry-clean your clothes, rent you a DVD, tutor you in math, or be a substitute teacher at your local school.
On campus jobs provide easy cash
By Ashley Steeb
Last year, Shirk Hall became my home away from home. And it’s been that way ever since. It’s not always been sweet, but it’s always entertaining.
This semester, it feels like I should invest in a cot and call it my official home. I’m there for hours on end—attending classes, doing homework and going to newspaper meetings. Now, I can add a work-study job to that list.
I sit in Shirk for two hours, four days a week, and help journalism professors with whatever they need. It’s not a difficult job, by any means, and I get paid to do homework. But sometimes there is a lot more work than there is studying.
Balancing homework and work-study has been difficult in the aspect that those two hours spent working would have been my only free time this semester.
I enjoy the job because I can talk with friends when they are on their way to class, but there is one downside.
Anyone who has a work-study job knows the pay is not the greatest. My full-time summer job paid more in two weeks than I now earn in a month.
But for a poor college student like me, money is money.
To be honest, sometimes I wish I had those two hours for myself, but at the end of the day, the job is nothing but beneficial to me.
Student by day, reporter by night
By Shelby Mullis
As I write this, I’m sitting on the floor of the Statehouse basement awaiting election results.
As I wait, I reflect: One national convention. Two national presidential debates. 10 presidential rallies. And more than 100 interviews.
To call Election Day a bittersweet day for me would be an understatement. My life over the course of the last year has revolved around this one day.
My first event was a Donald Trump rally on Nov. 9 in Springfield, Illinois. All politics aside, I simply drove four hours with two friends, just so I could write my first commentary piece for TheStatehouseFile.com. I have a selfie to prove it.
And that was only the beginning.
In February, I traveled to Flint, Michigan where I reported at the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Throughout the spring, I stood within feet of Trump, Clinton, Sanders and Libertarian Gary Johnson on multiple occasions.
In July, I took off for Philadelphia to report at the Democratic National Convention for a week.
How many times have I had to listen to Elton John’s Tiny Dancer on repeat in the last year? Too many.
How many pantsuits have I seen in the last year? Too many.
Covering one of the most historic elections to ever face America as a college student from small-town Franklin has been an experience like no other.
I never would have imagined that I’d be following candidates on campaign trails across the Midwest. I have to admit that I’m not your ordinary college student, but I wouldn’t change that for the world. Why?
Because I have a pretty darn good resume, and I’ve only been in college for one and a half years.