Students debate whether to work on, off campus

UNA student and Gap employee Jeremy Jackson works to clean up the Regency Square Mall store.

College students are faced with numerous challenges over the course of their time in school. There are tests, lab reports, homework and papers. On top of juggling course loads, students also have to pay bills, eat and occasionally have a social life.

Working a part-time job is a necessity for some students, and working on campus or off campus is a decision they are likely to face.

Working off campus at a local business can provide an opportunity to meet new people outside of classes and college organizations. For Caitlin Goode, a nursing major at UNA, this is one of the perks of her job as a waitress at Legend’s Steakhouse.

“I like the people I work with, and it has been a chance for me to meet people outside of school,” Goode said. “They work with my school schedule, so I have a good balance.”

Students said jobs off campus are easier to find even if you have to schedule classes around that job.

Hannah Weatherford, a marketing major at UNA, had to venture off campus to find work at On The Rocks bar and restaurant.

“I couldn’t find a job on campus,” she said. “I wish I didn’t have to work because I feel like I’d do better in school.”

Weatherford said she used to want a job on campus because it seemed like it would be more convenient.

“I like working here and meeting people outside of school,” she said.

Brandon Conley, an English major, is an earth science lab assistant. He finds it convenient to work on campus.

“My professor hired me for this job,” he said. “I like being able to come to my classes and go to work all in the same general area.”

Conley said he’s happy with his job choice.

“I definitely wouldn’t choose to work off campus over my on-campus job,” he said. “They are flexible with my class schedule, and I enjoy the experience I am getting.”

Kelcey Thrasher works in the library on campus. She works 12-15 hours a week and also enjoys the convenience of being able to work on campus.

“I only get a 30-minute break, so being able to go from class to the GUC to get something to eat before I come to work is nice,” Thrasher said.

Thrasher said she likes that she can study during the slower times at work as well.

“Working at the library doesn’t really interfere with school,” she said.