It is hard to be a fashionista with $3.56 in your bank account. I realized this as I stared face to face with a pair of Charles David black leather boots at Bloomingdale’s. $3.56 is how much money I had in my checking account the second semester of my senior year of college. The boots cost $235.00. I had to get a job.

During my college career, my bank account would often dip below freezing ($10.00). Usually, I had a job or parents to fall back on. After returning from a year abroad, the job was gone and my parents were joyously celebrating the cutting of the proverbial umbilical cord. This time there was no relief in sight.

Where to Find Student Employment

Luckily in college, jobs are pretty easy to find. Some examples of potential job opportunities for college students:

~ College/University Annual Giving Fund —Always hiring. Pays well because the job sucks. I used to play a game to see how many people would hang up on me in one night. Top score 21.
~ Psych Dept or Med School —Give to your fellow man! Become a test subject! Beware of anything involving injections.
~ Dining Hall —This is one of the worst jobs. However, there are some perks. A friend, who was a Dining Hall attendant, smuggled cakes, pastries and the occasional pizza from the cafeteria. He was loved by all.
~ Hair Shop in the Dorm—If you are a gifted hair artist, earn some extra money doing hair in your dorm room.
~ The GAP—Every college campus has a GAP within a 6 block radius of the center of campus. It is a new law.
~ Childcare —Food. Room. Occasional use of a car. Almost like living at home, except you are hired help.
~ Temp Work—If you can alphabetize, then you can temp.
~ Grassroots Organizing (PIRGS)—Fighting the Power pays rather well.

After my illustrious career as a member of the “Annual Giving” Team and a couple of stints as a subject in the Psych department, I was able to purchase the boots. Since it took me three months to save up the money, they were on sale for $125.00.