It’s a bit unrealistic to like everything about your college and its campus, right? Well, the University of Rhode Island is no exception to that. From the hassle of selling back your old textbooks to limited parking spaces and even the off-campus social scene,there are a few things I would change about URI and here’s why:
April 25, 2014 in Campus Life
Freshman year, I wasn’t sure if I’d want to work on campus. I think it’s good to wait until at least the second semester, if not your next year, before you think about getting a job on campus so you’ll have more time to get used to college life. Dealing with classes and homework when you’re in college is much different from what happens in high school. I decided to apply to my school’s bookstore during my sophomore year of college. Getting a job while you’re still in school not only means having some extra money for books or to treat yourself but allows you to have the opportunity to gain some great experience.
At The College of New Jersey, our bookstore is half school merchandise, half convenience store, with another section for textbooks and some shelves for school supplies and a few books. Although it’s technically a Barnes & Noble, it won’t really look like one until the Campus Town extension to TCNJ is completed. I’m very excited to see the expanded store, all of the extra merchandise, and especially the books. Once we have more ‘fun’ books on our shelves, I’ll be shopping in there all of the time.
When I applied to work there, my best friend had already been working there for a year so I felt like I knew what I was getting into. I heard that the people working there were great, the managers were awesome, and the job didn’t push you too hard or interfere with your class schedule. I was happy to hear about that because although I was excited to get work there, I was worried that spending too many hours at the bookstore would affect me academically. Although the schedule can get kind of crazy sometimes, at the very beginning and end of the semester, for the most part there is a good balance for the hours given. Each worker gets a few shifts a week and you can always pick up someone else’s if they can’t make it.
I’m fairly certain that this is how it is for all student worker jobs, though I don’t have personal experience with anything else. If you do have a Barnes & Noble College Bookstore on campus, I’d really recommend looking into their job opportunities. Not only will you get a great discount and meet great people, you’ll learn how to work with customers, maintain the store, and gain the basic skills you’ll need if you ever pick up another retail job.
Working while you’re in college is a great experience as long as you manage your time wisely. While working I think that I actually do better because I have less time to procrastinate. Whether you decide that you want to try a new job or apply for an internship, give yourself the opportunity to learn and grow outside of your academic studies. You never know what could happen!