Everyone knows that your exciting new college acceptance is followed by a seemingly never ending amount of money for tution, living away and other expenses; upperclassmen I’m sure you’re sitting their shaking your heads in agreement and those upcoming freshmen-just wait until you start buying your textbooks (ugh). But luckily there are quit a few ways that you can at least save enough money to survive a semester without depleting your entire savings. You have this wonderful summer coming up to prepare you for your new life as a “broke college student”…yay! One of the most proactive options available to you is finding a summer job! Yes I’m sure you want to enjoy your summer sleeping, laying on the beach or hanging out with your high school friends until college starts but when you really think about it, how much free time are you going to have this summer? Now think of those hours as $7-$8 you’re loosing out on! Okay maybe not as enticing as I wanted it to sound, but still… Finding a summer job can be difficult, but not if you go about it the right way. Being a student that lives on campus during the school year and has over a 2 hour commute back home, I can sympathize with those only looking for a job while they’re home for the summer. However, most employers want someone with can also work during the school year too. But if you get creative, you will have tons of employers begging you to work for them (okay okay not begging but at least offering you a job!). When you think about the summer, what comes to mind? The beach, no school, free time and ICE CREAM. Well there are your jobs that need summer help the most: camps, ice cream shops (hey alliegatorMU!!!), water parks, beaches, community pools, theme parks, seasonal stores, daycares, babysitting, landscaping-the list could go on and on. Apply to these jobs first and don’t be afraid to apply to more than one-you never know who is going to hire you! Advertise that you have maximum availability during the summer as you have NOTHING to do…yeah yeah I know we talked about relaxing and the beach but the more appealing you sound now, the more likely you will get the job and then can manage your schedule and availibitly later.
Another route you can go is to use your schooling and major to your advantage. Maybe you’re a occupational therapy and you want to get some experience before/during your undergrad years, rehab centers look for students like this and will be more likely to hire you. If you’re thinking about studying business, advertise that to a retail store or internship position. You’d be surprise where a little creative job thinking can get you!
A word of advice-you can take it or leave it, I’m no expert- always always always take a resume with you to a job interview. Even silly summer jobs that you might not think are serious. I recently got hired as a camp counselor (YAY!) and my supervisor was very impressed that I brought a resume along- it shows that you’re serious about the job! Now get out there and make some $$$$$!
Being an advid beach goer though, I couldn’t make this post all about working…
Another useful way to make sure you have money for the school year is to not spend it (duhhh). I am fullyaware of the price of hanging out with friends, I pay mine hourly (haha just kidding). Most of the things we like to do involve money aka froyo dates, gas money to drive to the beach, going out to dinner, etc. I am definitely not suggesting that you stay in your house all day telling your friends that you can’t hang out because you must save every penny for college textbooks, just be a little smarter!
Look for fun, FREE, things to do like hikes or picnics at free park (if you’re in Dallas, PA France Slocum is a great choice), free beaches (Wildwood, NJ). Take advantage of your friends with pools and host you’re own water park. Carpool everywhere! If you’re all going to the same place, you may as well drive together and alternating who drives will keep your gas tank fuller longer. Bike rides or walks with friends. Get together with friends and try new recipes of crafts from Pinterest. And of course check out Tori and Allison’s post on summer bucket list ideas and ways to spend your summer! 🙂 Enjoy the sunshine and good luck job hunting! -R