UND students have to complete assignments, study for exams, do daily tasks and make time for friends and family, but some of them also have to work.
Tuition at UND for a full-time North Dakota resident is $4,068.50 per semester. Minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and there are 18 weeks in each semester. A student that makes $7.25 per hour would have to work at least 30 hours per week just to cover tuition alone, not to mention other expenses like textbooks and other school materials, rent, gas and food.
According to Mental Health America, 50% of full-time students and 80% of part-time students have jobs outside of school. There are other means of financing school such as scholarships or grants, but sometimes even they do not cover all of a student’s expenses.
According to John Hopkins University, “Time Management is a key component to academic and professional success.” Planning your schedule, making a weekly to-do list, prioritizing your work and setting goals and deadlines for projects are just some ways to achieve great time management.
Scheduling can be an issue for some employers when hiring college students. Montana Halberg, another full-time UND student, is lucky enough to make her own hours where she works as a CNA at a hospital. Depending on her school load for the week she works anywhere between 15-30 hours a week.
Halberg also has an hour and a half commute to work which can sometimes be a hassle, although she enjoys the drive. She mostly works on the weekends or nights when she does not have class early the next day, and during the summer she moves back home so she lives even closer to work when she moves up to a full-time position at the hospital.
Now in order to actually obtain a part-time job in college means you have to head out on the job search. Sometimes finding a job comes easy, but when places that you would like to work at are not hiring, or you cannot find a job that suits you it may be more difficult. And if you do find the perfect job you want to make sure that they can work with your busy student schedule.
Many retail employers in the area know that they will likely receive applications from college students. Giving jobs to students depends on not only their qualification but also their work availability. Other employees will not have weekly homework or exams to study for that may require some time off from work.
Michelle Moore, store manager at Party City, has a staff made up of associates that are mostly college students working part-time. She is flexible with scheduling these students saying that “some work as little as five hours a week to as much as 30-40 hours a week.” Since students’ schedules change every semester and usually are not able to work the typical “9-5” shift, she says she tries to be as understanding as possible when it comes to her employees’ schedules.