Is it better to work on-campus or-off campus? If you happen to be weighing your options right now, so are your peers. Either way, it can be a real struggle to balance your schedule and create a budget for your earnings. To be a successful student, you have to find what’s right for you.
A Whim staff member, Becca Lynch gave her two cents on the matter. She said when asked to make a list of her pros and cons of having an on campus job: “Pros: You can go immediately after class, no driving. Also, you automatically get all school breaks off because the campus is closed. The managers are good with flexible scheduling because they only deal with college students. Cons: The flexible scheduling means that people call out a lot, and the schedule is almost always “subject to change.” Also, being that your coworkers are college students, you can almost never get Friday or Saturday shifts covered.”
“Having a work experience on campus has ultimately lead her to just wish that her student coworkers were nicer. “I mean I’m a student too. It makes me upset when students are rude to on-campus workers because it’s like, we’re in the same boat. Don’t be mean.” Also, “snow sucks if you work on campus, but don’t live there. They don’t let you leave. If there’s a snowstorm, you have to stay at work. Good luck getting home.”
I, too, considered the pros and cons to being an on campus employee from the perspective as someone that works twenty minutes away from school. My pros were that I could be in an environment where it’s understood that school is my number one priority. I’d be in a familiar place with people I know, so that might help me work together well with them.
I’d save a ton of money on gas since there’s no commuting cost if I were to live on campus or close to it. Since I don’t even have a car right now, it wouldn’t be a problem in getting to work anymore, rain or shine. However, I wouldn’t gain the experience of meeting new people from outside of the RU crowd. Also, I’d tend to be stuck in town all of the time if I worked close to home.