Balancing Schoolwork and Employment

Kylie Ferro at her job at Walgreens in Fulton. PHOTO BY ASHLEY FOGEL.

BY JORDAN ESRY 
STAFF WRITER

Westminster students are constantly studying, participating in various activities, and trying to get enough sleep to function. However, some students also work part-time or full-time jobs in addition to their schoolwork. With the likelihood of student loan debt after college and numerous college expenses, many students on campus need employment.


According to Citigroup, a multinational investment banking company, nearly 80 percent of undergraduate students are employed. A combination of the need to pay off student loans and a lack of parental contribution to college tuition has caused this increase in student employment.

Two-thirds of working students are hold down jobs in order to pay for their tuition or living expenses, according to the American Council for Education.

With the likelihood of student loan debt after college and numerous college expenses, many students on campus need employment.

Kylie Ferro, ’17, is a junior at Westminster, but is graduating a year early with a degree in elementary education. Ferro has held a job at Walgreens since the beginning of this school year and typically works 30 to 35 hours weekly.

“Sometimes it’s hard because I need the money, but I still want to have fun in college since I’m already cutting it short by graduating early,” Ferro said. She said she has to plan ahead to complete her homework before work and often has to stay up later at night to finish everything.

“Sometimes it’s hard because I need the money, but I still want to have fun in college since I’m already cutting it short by graduating early.” –Kylie Ferro, ’17

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Chelsea Sharp, ’20, taking a quick nap to break while studying. PHOTO BY PAIGE TOWNSEND.

Senior Kelli Albrecht has held two jobs during her time at Westminster. Beginning in her freshman year, she worked at Hibbett Sports in Fulton, and now works for the Missouri Highway Patrol. Albrecht works 21 hours each week and is involved in many other activities on campus.

“You have to prioritize and plan,” she said. “Prioritize what you need to do over what you want to do while still making sure you have time to be mentally happy, too.”

Students who work 20 to 30 hours each week have to learn how to fit their school schedules around their work schedules.

Hannah Hubbard, ’18, has worked at Walmart since her sophomore year of college. She works around 30 hours weekly.

“To keep up with school work I try to work on assignments ahead of time and not last minute,” she said. “I’m also lucky because at nights it’s not normally very busy so I have time to go over note cards.”

Students at Westminster are constantly juggling several different responsibilities at once, and holding a job only contributes to those commitments. However, they say that with a clear schedule and organization, it is manageable to work 20 to 30 hours weekly and continue to be a full-time student.

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