If you’re a student or a were a student I wanted to create two categories:

  1. Students that work in college.
  2. Students that take don’t work in college.

As I’ve already mentioned in my writing here, I worked full-time all throughout college. I couldn’t imagine not working. I’m not good with free time. I would much rather keep myself busy than have time to do nothing.

I actually tried an experiment while in college. I took less shifts before exams one period to see if that would have a positive effect on my studying habits/results. The results were surprising. With more free time, I got less work done.

How’s it possible to get less work done with more time?

We just assume that more time = more work. That’s not true. That’s not how human begins work. I find that the less free time I have, the work will get done because I know that I’m restricted. When I have a whole day to myself, my mind starts to wander. I might get distracted on Facebook, start watching something on YouTube or leave to go out for a few hours.

Being at home don’t mean that you’ll get more done. It just means that you’ll be at home longer. Do you really need that? Nope. Sometimes having less time will force you to buckle down, cut out the distractions, and get straight down to the nitty gritty work.

Now I wanted to share my views on life as an unemployed college student…

Is life as an unemployed college student exciting?

I really don’t think so. You have far too much time to yourself. You have too much time to do nothing and waste precious time.

I moved out recently and am living with my two cousins who happen to be in school full-time. They claim to be too busy to work at all. Not my position to tell them what to do. I’ve realized over time that they don’t really have that much school work. They could easier work on the weekends or during the evenings.

The only time being unemployed as a student is enjoyable is when you don’t have to wake up early after being up all night. That’s the main benefit that I see.

Should everyone work in college?

I truly believe that you should work at some point in college.

The numbers just don’t lie.Making any bit of money in your late-teens or early-20s will go a long way and help you out in the future.¬†Even if you save an extra $20 a week, that’s over $1,000 in your savings account at the end of the year. By working full-time from age 17, I was able to buy a condo, graduate debt free, and go on many fun trips. These results made it impossible for me not to work in college.

You also gain valuable experience by working in college. This doesn’t just refer to networking in your field. This refers to actually knowing how to work in a team and interact with others. Many graduates have a tough time transitioning into the real world because they’ve never worked before and can’t perform in a team. That’s why I’ll always stress the importance of working in college.

Life as an unemployed student isn’t exciting at all. Stop being lazy and get a job!

Martin Dasko

Martin Dasko