For students in the early years of their collegiate career, internships may not be an option.
For students like Ryan Goetz, a freshman majoring in pre-pharmacy, the chances of attaining an internship in their chosen field with no classroom experience are slim.
Goetz said he hopes to be employed at McDonald's. "Right now I guess I'm looking at various fast food places," he said.
When the need for money has to take a momentary backseat to career goals, fast food venues are the easier alternative. Some students, like senior theater major Ashton Carr, have a need for both.
"I have a very, very flexible work schedule," Carr said.
Along with working part time at B&D Burgers, Carr belongs to AASU's theater troupe, the Masquers, and also auditions around town.
Carr said she was able to have such a flexible schedule at her job because she let her managers know she was someone they could trust by building credibility.
"The easiest jobs to balance are getting a campus job, because they know your schedule and have to follow it, and waiting tables," she said. "It's already understood that you're a student, and they have no choice but to work around your school schedule."
Wilson said Career Services also helps with getting on-campus jobs and work-studies. They can also advise students on how to balance their schedules and focus on priorities.
Being focused on school and work leads Carr to make her social life less of a priority.
"I don't go out as much as I would like," she said. "Sometimes I have to sacrifice having fun."
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