Lady Lennia Chelsea:
In short, yes! But you have to be careful and understand what you can personally handle. When I first started my undergraduate, my father told me to not worry about employment and to just get the next few years under my belt. I took advantage of my unemployment by “uping” my course load a bit. I knew I wouldn’t be submerged in a schedule for work so I took 18 credits and focused all my energy on my homework, living on campus, and having a meal plan. I didn’t worry too much about my declining bank balance because I was using my BG card a lot. After sophomore year I moved off campus into an apartment and started to take less and less credits because I saw an opening where I could get a job and I also knew that it was a important aspect of my resumé.
I got a job as a office assistant at a low-income housing development. I couldn’t ask for a better job for me while in school. I got this job just at the end of Junior year at BGSU and through summer classes and through senior year that was my job. My GPA skyrocketed after I got this job because it was not as demanding a waitress or bartender job. I had a lot of downtime and quiet time. I had friends though school that would waitress or bartend till 2 or 3 am, then get up and go to class while still maintaining a great GPA. I admire those ladies, but that doesn’t work for everyone. You need to find your footing and make a plan out, but holding a job is definitely a good idea.
To me, holding a job gave my life structure. Going to class, going to work and knowing I’d get my homework done there worked for me. I learned that piling on the credits for two years gave me a lot of grace the last two years to fit work into my schedule. Thinking ahead benefits. There are some people I knew that did not work a day nor volunteer while in college, and I would watch them sit and be bored. But hey, that worked for them too. Find what makes you happy and builds structure for you, and I promise life won’t throw you anything you can’t handle.
Your Lady Lennia,