Hi Celine! I understand where you're coming from. I worked a part-time job all throughout college. Throughout my four years, I worked on campus, at a local mall, and eventually at a local business in my internship. The important thing is finding the right balance between your schoolwork, social life, and work. During your first semester, if you can financially, I would recommend only working a few hours per week and focusing on adjusting to your new school work and classes. It would be great to get a job on campus as they are often understanding of your educational demands and know that school is priority number one. Most schools will have an on-campus job fair at the beginning of the year. I would recommend getting a resume ready and planning to attend the job fair. You may even qualify for Work-Study, which is a form of financial aid.
If you find during your first semester that you're unable to juggle both working and school, you may want to consider working over holiday breaks in your hometown. If you work a full-time job during the summer/winter break and save your money carefully, you may have enough money to help cover your expenses throughout the year. Good luck and remember school is your #1 priority!
Megan recommends the following next steps:
- Research Federal Work Study and jobs at your local college (https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2015/06/24/federal-work-study-frequently-asked-questions)