I recently had my first day working for the university in housing & dining. I work at the Clinton Street Market, a C-Store in Burge residence hall. It has tons of options for snacks and meals, and it’s open until midnight if you ever need something in a pinch after a long night of studying.
Working there is a really easy way to earn some extra cash as a college student. As a Retail Associate, you basically do a bunch of “mini-games” — or at least, that’s how I prefer to look at work. You get trained in stocking items, working the cash register, and making food. It’s a fun, laid-back atmosphere and doesn’t require too much effort like some high school jobs do. My favorite part is meeting the new people you get to work with; people of every age and major work at this store (and across the university) and it’s so fun to hear their insight. Plus, it’s a great way to make friends in general, especially in your first semesters as a university student. Social connections are very important!
Any job at the university is worthwhile, though. Personally, I think a library job would be best. You basically get paid to sit at a desk and do homework (but yes, sometimes you do have to help people). There are so many options to choose from on campus. Compared to other jobs in town, you will not find the flexibility that the university offers. It’s easy to find a job that works with your schedule that won’t demand too much. If you’re looking to make a little extra money, or maybe even to fill the time (I know I get bored on my days off), working at the university is a simple choice.