The Working College Student by Jerileen Ho

Balancing a college education with employment is not always the easiest thing to do. However, many students may need to work in order to pay for their tuition or for spending money that their parents may not want to grant them anymore.

NDNU offers a wide variety of part-time jobs that can assist students in paying off a portion of their tuition. This allows the student to work a minimum of once a week to pay of a portion of their tuition, and still have time to work on their projects or homework. However, some students at NDNU claim that they choose to have a part time job due to the fact that their financial aid is not enough for them. Others claim that  the money earned from their job usually goes towards textbooks and school supplies. A problem that comes from having a job outside of the University is how it could be possibly time consuming and harm how their overall college career result in.

Lesley Morales, a Residence Assistant for NDNU, states that, “It can be a lot of work but it is worth helping my parents pay the tuition. It’s a lot of work but at the end of the day I like what I do.” Morales continued on to explain the difficulties her and her family struggled with in paying her tuition during her freshman year. She concluded the interview by explaining, “I am just very proud of myself and happy that I got the chance to be part of the RA family and help my family. Even though I do not receive the money in check form, it is rewarding enough to not see my family struggle as much as they did my first year”.

Although some students are able to balance their academics along with their job, there are a number of students that believe their grades would improve if they did not need to work. Nia Johnson, a sophomore at NDNU, states that, “Work definitely gets in the way of school because if I’m not at work, I’m at school and vise versa. And the time that I am off is dedicated to school and my studies and breaks are rare”. Nia goes on explaining why she decided to work outside of school by stating, “I think that working for the University has its ups and down. I would rather have a job I enjoy having than working in an office for only once a week. Students who work for the school usually do not get to see their money in hand either. It’s more rewarding to me to choose where my money goes”.

Employment may be beneficial for some college students but it can also be detrimental as well. Working while a student is in college may harm their grades, their dedication, or their overall mental wellness. However, with the high tuition rates that NDNU has, most students have no choice to work during their college career if financial aid is not granted.

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