Book Stores, Working Off-Campus and International Students

Articles about the cost of higher education have found their way into mainstream media. With President Obama’s new plan for student loans and paying for school, many students who are working to make ends meet might be getting a relief sometime in the near future. But for now, most students are taking heavy hits with businesses changing direction, textbook costs skyrocketing and stressful times calling for desperate measures.

Duck Store cashier balances school, work and sorority life by Rebecca Sedlak

University of Oregon student Hannah Santucci is one of many students on the UO campus that balance work, school and a life off campus. The article is a great feature about the hardship Santucci deals with on a daily basis when she works as a Rush employee at the campus book store, the Duck Store. In the article, the writer discusses what Santucci does at her job and especially the hardship of telling students that they are spending an upwards of $400 for books for three classes. The piece then discusses the background of the book store, in terms of how the books are not priced by the store, but by the publishers. Santucci balances anywhere from 25-40 hours during book rush, her responsibilities to Kappa Delta during sorority recruitment. Like many student workers, Santucci said, “It’s a logical nightmare. But I mean, I love it.”

Off-campus jobs provide community interaction, better pay by KateWitteman

In this article about the students at Bowdoin College, while over 70% are employed on campus, many students venture off-campus to find better work opportunities. Many of the opportunities, such as the job at the local gelato shop he Gelato Fiasco, are not offered on-campus, so students who enjoy those atmospheres for work can find them. “Campus jobs tend to involve very mundane, boring, routine things, whereas I have to take classes in order to sell the product,” Dickinson said. “I also just really like shoes.” Some of the benefits to off-campus jobs are better pay as well as regular benefits or commission. The tone of an article is refreshing because it offers a different look at student workers, what their needs and wants are as well as the difference from working a few blocks away on campus.

Students seek work on campus by Kim MyoungHyang

In this article in the Arkansas State University’s The Herald, international students are examined, especially in relation to the ability for them to work here in a foreign country. As long as they are students, international students can work on campus, but they are limited to only working on campus. With the rise of students getting work on campus, more international students are finding difficulty in getting a job. In the article, MyoungHyang states that most international students do not work for the pay, but for the experience. “I think I can enjoy lots of activities such as making programs in the dorm or decorating bulletin boards,” Tae said. “I believe that through working on campus, I can experience American culture.” The money they make working these jobs does very little to decrease the amount of tuition and other fees they are paying. This significant group of students are very often overlooked and this article raises awareness to the at-times struggling minority.

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