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What Really Happens When You Get a Part-Time Job as a Student

Written by Dana Iskoldski

Landing your first part-time job is a thrill. A good six months later, that thrill is long gone. Being a full-time student with a part-time job (or 3) can be a real ass-kicker.

Here’s what happens when you’re a student with a part-time job:

You gain weight.

I-just-spent-eight-hours-on-my-feet replaces your workouts. All you eat is work food. Like the donuts Kelly brought in last week. Or the fries you always swipe from the kitchen.

You see money in a whole new light.

Bubble tea is a half hours’ work. Makes you think twice about buying it.

You learn to be sneaky.

Texting on the clock is easy once you know where all the cameras are. Not that you do that. Wait… people do that?

You’re only slightly less broke.

Between student debt and the cost of living these days, there isn’t much wiggle room. And what’s left is blown on drinks for the party next weekend. And occasionally textbooks.

You make new friends.

Nothing bonds people like a good old fashioned let’s-complain-about-work session. But don’t get carried away.

Your weekends are threatened.

Because managers have a sixth sense for giving you shifts when fun things happen. You’re in a constant state of FOMO.

You give up free time.

That commitment you made to Game of Thrones takes a serious hit.

Your OSAP funding may change.

Depending on how much you’re making, OSAP may decide you need less money. Get an estimate here.

You manage time like a pro.

That assignment due next month? Halfway done. And you’re already prepped for next week’s test. This responsibility thing is awesome.

You have a job.

That means money in your pocket (well, a little), experience on your resume and an excuse to get out of dinner with your SO’s family. It’s really not so bad.

Got a part-time job? What else would you add to the list?

*Opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Student Life Network or their partners.