We all know being in college usually comes hand in hand with always being broke. Our freshmen year is usually spent splurging on ramen noodles, going to any and all free events on campus, and if you’re a girl, going out on a date and then getting more excited about the nice meal than over the guy. It seems to be a repetitious and unavoidable dilemma all freshmen face. But what if I told you there are some great jobs that you can get that will still give you time to enjoy your first year of college life with some extra cash? I’ve compiled a list of a few of the best jobs you can get as a freshmen – so stop calling up your parents for more money and read on!
Working in UCF housing is great for many reasons. For one, it’s on campus, so you don’t have to worry if you don’t have a car for your first year. And if you work as an RA, or resident assistant, then you also get discounted housing prices along with a steady 15 hours of week of pay coming in! Don’t have time during the day? UCF housing also offers night jobs called RHAPs, residence hall and apartment control, where your shift is from 12:00 – 8:00 a.m. which offers you flexible days and as little as 15 hours a week or up to 35!
While UCF has many on-campus dining restaurants, if you want to make quick cash try finding a waitressing job off campus. Students just don’t tend to tip as well as the locals. If you can give up your Friday or Saturday night, you can be making up to $100 in tips a night! Try applying to places on University Blvd. – it’s only a short tank of gas away and it’s practically a buffet of restaurants. Plus, it’s never too early to start building your resume – you can boast about your amazing customer relation skills!
What college student doesn’t love to shop? While you may have always thought your favorite stores are just a resource for you to spend money, why not try making some! Working in retail is great because it usually doesn’t involve a ton of hours – and can you say employee discount? Try not to work at one of your favorite retail shops though – you may find yourself spending more than you’re earning. And if you don’t trust yourself, try applying somewhere a little less tempting, like Home Depot or Sears.
Who would of thought that there’s big money in serving various concoctions to drunken college students? All you need is a bartending license, which you can get at 18, and either a bar or restaurant to work for. Downtown Orlando is only a 15-minute drive away, and let’s just say Church Street can be a little ironic. There’s nothing “holy” going on down there. So buck up and learn how to make a coke and rum (don’t panic, you can do this!) and start applying. Your bank account will thank you.