Nobody is blind to the fact that college is crazy expensive. Besides the high tuition costs, students also have to pay housing, a meal plan, textbooks, class fees, technology fees, student activity fees…the list goes on and on. Then there’s the expenses that aren’t even directly associated with college: clothing, snacks, a cell phone, car insurance, etc. As the financial stress begins to build up, many students decide to have a job while in college to offset these expenses.
In high school, I was very much aware of these costs, so I always thought that I would be working as soon as I stepped onto campus. But as move-in day approached and the realities of college began to kick in, I was torn between having a job or taking a break to focus on school; there are many advantages and disadvantages of each. In the end, however, I decided to not have a job my first semester for several reasons: [Read more…]