Working in college always sounds a little scary. Balancing a job with schoolwork, friendsÂ and other activities seems somewhat impossible. However, a lot of girls work downtown, whether they want to or not.
We popped into a few stores to ask some girls how they felt about working in school.
â€œI need money,â€ says Kellie Dâ€™Amico, sophomore, â€œI actually think having a job takes away a lot more of my time.â€
Dâ€™Amico works as a cashier at McLanahans, and says having a job wouldnâ€™t be a priority of hers if she didnâ€™t feel obligated.
â€œIf I had money floating around, I would not have a job,â€ she says.
Some jobs donâ€™t offer as much flexibility or variety of tasks as others, and depending on where someone works, they may or may not become easily tired of their part-time job.
On the other side of the spectrum, we interviewed a few girls who are very happy working where they are.
Toni Igbenoba, a junior, works at Access and loves it.
â€œI kind of wanted to [work], but I had to. Itâ€™s a calm environment. I love the clothes and fashion aspect to it, and I love helping people,â€ Igbenoba says.
â€œIâ€™ve learned communication with people and working with a diverse group of people as well. We have older people with specific tastes come in, and young people who are easier to persuade,â€ she says, adding that these skills will benefit her in the workforce after college.
She isnâ€™t the only one who is gaining valuable experience in retail. Jacque Gerrick, a junior, has learned many valuable lessons at Urban Outfitters.
â€œI tend to shop here, and I have my own style but I also reflect the clothing here. The clothing is so versatile. You can wear it everywhere,â€ Gerrick says.
Aside from enjoying the clothes in the store, Gerrick likes the experience because she plans on working in the retail business as a career.
â€œItâ€™s been a positive experience. I get to see how a big company runs,â€ she says.
Food service experiences can go either way. For Alex Carozzoni, senior, the food service industry is a good fit.
â€œIâ€™ve had a very positive experience. My major is hospitality and [working here] teaches me good customer-service skills,â€ Carozzoni says.
Carozzoni also says working helps her prioritize and manage hter time.
â€œYou have to manage school work, working, etc. and in doing that Iâ€™ve learned to prioritize my time. Iâ€™ve learned good customer service, multitasking, and learning to work with other people.â€ She says these skills are very relevant to her future career.
When asked if she would still work even if she didnâ€™t have to, Carozzoni says she could indefinitely.
â€œIt keeps me grounded,â€ she says.
Photo by Kimberly Bartner