When you are paying out more than $500 a month, you need a source of income. But I can’t find a job.
As is the situation for many college students, I have a heavy financial burden that weighs me down. On top of little necessities like food and gas, I am responsible for car payments, auto insurance and health insurance every month, as well as paying off tuition, and various bills at home. That’s a lot of bills.
Over the last three weeks, I have been endlessly searching Emporia for a part-time afternoon job and have failed miserably. Every day I have been checking websites, filling applications out online, going to businesses in person, and applying anywhere that is hiring. I have applied for over 40 jobs since school has started and have heard next to nothing back. As a student, this can be extremely disheartening, but I’ve learned a few things along the way.
For one, I know I am not the only one going through this. We’re all broke college kids eating Ramen out of our cabinet and turning down outings on the weekend because we don’t have the extra cash.
We live in a college town and other students are frantically applying for jobs to pay rent this month, as well. A problem in Emporia is if you don’t have a connection within the business or an extremely valuable skill, it is tough to get a job that works out the way it needs to. Once we graduate college, however, it will be like that everywhere.
One of the most amazing things I’ve seen here, both on our campus and off of it, is how generous some of our community members are. While looking for jobs, I have often journeyed into businesses that were very obviously not hiring, simply to ask if they knew of someone that was currently looking for workers. It is incredibly encouraging how willing to help these business owners can be, even when they can’t hire you themselves.
So, don’t be worried about asking around, and don’t give up. It’s tough when you live paycheck-to-paycheck, or even if you just need a job to cover the extra little things. You never know when someone will call you back, or where you will find that job that works perfectly with your class schedule. Keep looking and keep your head up!