During my freshman year, I refrained from getting a job in order to get a feel for college life and the coursework. I joined the Nazareth tennis team, and being on the team gave me a look into what it would be like to multitask. At first, it was a little difficult to get the hang of things, but after I did everything fell into place and I was able to juggle classes and tennis.
Going into my sophomore year, I knew I needed a job. Paying for college is no walk in the park – it takes time and a lot of money, which I did not have. I was offered a job working with my tennis coach in the tennis office. I had the opportunity to do work-study, so I took it. I worked around 10 hours a week for my coach, so I was beginning to roll in the dough. It may not seem like much, but it definitely was beneficial. So my sophomore year I juggled classes, tennis and a work-study job. Although I could make my own hours, it definitely put a damper on some of my classes. If I had class, work and then a tennis match, I would have to find time to get my homework done. I did not have much free time, so it was difficult to make everything work.
I am currently a junior, and things definitely have become more crazy in my life. Now is the time to think about my future. I live in an apartment off-campus, I have a car, and I still have a full course schedule. I definitely need more money now that I have more payments, so it was time to roll in even more dough. I am still on the tennis team, I still work for my coach and now I work as a hostess at a local barbecue restaurant. Talk about multitasking!
This year has definitely been my toughest one yet, because I have more going on than ever before. Because I have another job, it is extremely hard to make all of my tennis practices, work on campus and manage to get all of my homework done. I do not have as much of a social life like I did my first two years at Naz, but I knew that I was going to have to sacrifice some things in my life in order to save money and pay off tuition.
I do not regret the decisions I have made throughout college, because I believe that it will all benefit me in some way. All of my experiences with college, tennis, and my two jobs have prepared me for my future. They have taught me teamwork, hard work, organizational skills, people skills, discipline and responsibility. I think having a college job can put you a step ahead of the game and help you succeed.