Myth: My parents are paying for school so I don’t need a job
While it’s very generous of your parents to cover bills like tuition, housing, groceries, and maybe even gas, having a job will help you to establish a sense of independence. By working in college, you can save money for future expenses as well as for opportunities such as study abroad or out-of-state internships.
Myth: I don’t have time to work
Many college students fear working during the semester because they worry that they won’t be able to handle working with a full class load. However, the reality is that even working minimal hours during the school year can actually improve your time management skills, helping you to be more focused during the week, and teaching you to do your homework in the times available in your schedule.
Myth: I live in the dorms and can’t get a job because I don’t have a car
Not all jobs require you to have a car. In fact, most college campuses offer plenty of employment opportunities for students living on-campus that don’t require you to drive at all. Check out being a resident assistant or working in the cafeteria.
Myth: If I live in the dorms, I don’t need extra money
It’s true that when you live in the dorms your payments are paid up front so you don’t have to worry about monthly expenses like food and rent, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to save for extra expenses. Meals out, textbooks, and purchasing tickets for sporting events will require extra money. Having a job will allow you to pay for things during the semester that aren’t included in the payments you make at the beginning of the semester.
Myth: I have a campus meal plan and don’t need money for food
If you do have a campus meal plan, theoretically you don’t need money for food, especially if your plan is unlimited. However, after a while, you may start to crave a cheeseburger and fries from the restaurant down the street. Having a little extra money for occasional trips to restaurants will allow you to enjoy some variety in your diet.