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Ways To Make Money In College for Undergraduates
Money is needed to cover tuition fees, living expenses, transportation, books, dinning, and other essential expenses. Hence, it is very important to make money for most college students. There are many ways to make money in college. You can choose to work on-campus or off-campus or choose another route depending on your need and convenience.
I was an international student, and so I wasn't allowed to work off-campus, and hence, I had to look for on-campus jobs to make extra cash. Libraries, dinning halls, cafeterias, and administrative offices are always looking for students, who can work part-time, and so they are the best places to go to for applying for jobs. Library is a great option, especially if you get hired as a receptionist at the front desk. I used to see students who worked as security check assistants, doing their homework or projects while doing their job simultaneously. However, most of the students, who got hired for those jobs were work-study students. You can apply for work-study and get jobs around the campus as laboratory assistants also.
On-campus paid research internships are not a very popular option among undergraduate students because they are rare. But, if you can get one of those, you will find they are a great opportunity to gain knowledge, spike up your resume and add cash into your wallet. Another not so popular option is to be a tutor or test grader. You can choose to be a private tutor to other students or can also sign up to be tutor with the university.
Off-campus jobs are also a great way to make money, especially if you have your own transportation. Many small cafes and restaurants, book stores, malls, electronic or general stores, etc. are great places to apply for jobs. Many of my friends used to work at these places on the weekends and only a couple of days on the weekdays and still used to make pretty good cash.
Paid internship is another great option. Paid semester, winter or summer internships pay you to acquire knowledge and excel. Many universities sponsor career fairs, where students can go to introduce themselves and submit their resumes to different companies for securing an entry-level position. I met many students who started out as interns, gained experience, secured higher positions and pursued their careers with the same company even after graduation. The only minus to this option is the requirement of transportation. You could use the public transportation if it's available, but it can get a little taxing to maintain your schedule because of the time constraints.
You can also choose to work as an online freelancer. There are many areas you can choose. You can choose to write or pursue a different route. Online freelance work is a great way to earn cash. It is convenient as it requires no transportation or other expenses other than a computer and Internet connection. Many students are choosing this option for its convenience aspect.
It can be hard to pay for all the college expenses even with student loans and help from the family, and so it is smart to look for options that can get you some extra cash, which also can make your college experience a lot better.