The Job Gradient

By: Marisa Borreggine Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, University of Washington I’m sorry to break the news, but it turns out college isn’t just studying and partying—it’s also reaching out and looking for a job. It’s all fine and well to spend your first few months at school getting your bearings, but soon you will find out that you’re going to need money. Even if your parents have to resources to send you a little something, getting a job is a great idea. It helps you organize your time, learn responsibility, and how to take action. Your parents will be pretty happy about it too! The extra money will help when you have to start paying rent if you move out of the dorms, and supplement your self-care buys, whatever they may be (clothes, chocolate, new sports gear, etc). There’s a process, from my experience, to the college job thing. You might start as early as the summer before college working a small hometown mom-and- pop-shop, which does give you a leg up, but a lot of people don’t get their first job until college, so don’t feel alone if that’s you! The best place to start, in my opinion, is …