The College Challenge
People have a lot of aspirations when entering college: getting the best job, finding the perfect field, getting the best grades, or having fun in a fraternity/sorority. All of these things are the pressures that society tells us are the right choices, but how many of us look at college as a time to not only build our resumes, but also to build our careers in the now?
A big challenge that comes with college for many, if not all teens, is money. Where is it going to come from? How are you going to get the time to make money? Will someone hire you? These are all great questions.
Jeremiah Kumpf played his cards well in regards to his college career. Not only did he work all through college, but he exited college debt-free. This means that he graduated with the ability to “up and move to another city with no significant repercussions.” During college he volunteered, then interned, and now works for a major company. All while in school!
An Interview with Jeremiah about Working During College
Ben: Where did you start working during college?
Jeremiah: I worked at the San Jose Country club as well as at a local garden stand before ending up at an internship. On a side note, that internship turned into a full time job where I am employed now.
Ben: What made you decide that working during college was possible?
Jeremiah: Being “busy” has always been part of my life. It really wasn’t much of a stretch for me to decide to work through college. On top of that, it just made sense, I didn’t want to come out of college with a bunch of debt.
Ben: How many hours are realistic for a college student to work?
Jeremiah: I think that it really depends on the person. Each person has a different level that they can push themselves too. A different limit. It’s up to you to find that limit. For me, that limit topped at about 30 hours most weeks.
Ben: What do you wish you could have told yourself 5 years ago going into your freshmen year?
Jeremiah: Travel more. Use this time in your life to have some fun. When else will you have this freedom?
Ben: Did you intern while in college?
Jeremiah: Yes, I did.