through Friday, and transportation
to work involves walking across our
beautiful quad. I am also able to pick
hours that work around my class
schedule, making it easy to come to work
every day.
After thinking about why I work
on campus, I decided I would like to
know the motivations behind others’
employment here. Overall, students who
replied to the survey had positive things
to say about the Lycoming employment
experience. The following are a few
general reasons.
When asked why they work on
campus, most students answered “for
the money.” Even working a few hours a
week, as most students do – students are
only allowed to work up to 20 hours per
week – gives them a few extra bucks in
their bank account every two weeks.
But “money” is a reflexive response
for many; when asked to think about
the benefits of their campus job, a
meaningful answer involves many things.
Schedule-keeping, organization
Some students find that, despite
being very busy, working during the
week keeps them focused on a more
regimented schedule that ultimately
helps them get more work done. Being
employed also creates opportunities to
learn about personal responsibility and
“Working so much has helped me stay
focused and get my schoolwork done
in a reasonable amount of time, leaving
me with time to relax despite my busy
schedule,” said Nicole Silvia ’15, who
works for Dining Services.
Students have the opportunity to
tutor and become teaching assistants,
giving them even more exposure to, and
experience with, major-related subject
matter. This benefits students in the
classroom, especially since they sought
the job themselves and pursue it as a way
to better their understanding of the field
they wish to enter.
“Learning and understanding
chemistry as a student is one thing, but
being able to explain the concepts to
someone else gives me an even better
understanding of the course material,”
said chemistry major Timothy Kocher ’14.
He has been a laboratory teacher’s
Students hold roughly 650 part-time
jobs and contribute to almost every
office and department on campus, from
tour guides in admissions to summer
orientation staff to student cafeteria
workers. More than 20 places on campus
employ students, who also have the
opportunity to look for jobs throughout
the community utilizing Lycoming
“We budget more than $900,000
annually for student employment because
we know it is a win/win for the College
and the student,” said James Spencer, vice
president of admissions and financial aid.
Working for the College can provide
students with extra money as well as
enrich specific areas of interest and create
appropriate professional relationships in a
laid-back situation that will usually meet
one’s needs.
“The College benefits because it
expands our ability to deliver quality
services and get things done without
hiring full-time employees,” stated
Spencer. “Students benefit by gaining
valuable skills and important experience,
often in positions that match their
academic interest or career plans. And
all of us—students, faculty and staff—
benefit by the many lasting friendships
made during our time spent working as
Students here also have the
opportunity to find work off-campus
through the Community Work Study
program at places such as the James V.
Brown Library and the Thomas T. Taber
Museum. Finding one of these jobs is
just as easy as finding an on-campus job;
all job listings for students are available
through the College’s website on the
Student Employment Job Board.
I work for College Relations because I
am interested in writing, reading, editing,
communications and gaining office
experience for my (hopeful) career in
the publishing industry. As a secondary
education certification student and an
English literature major, all aspects of my
job are appealing to further my writing
and people skills, as well as to give me
well-rounded experience in an English-
related atmosphere. I have also had the
opportunity to correspond with many of
our faculty, staff and students, gaining
professional experience communicating
with those in established positions as well
as peers.
I don’t make a ton of money, but
nothing beats this job. I work Monday
assistant for the chemistry department
and is a study group facilitator as well as
a tutor for Chemistry 110.
A campus job can also prepare
students for careers they would like to
pursue, or perhaps even expose them to
career ideas or opportunities they were
unaware of before working on campus.
“This job has given me the skills to
the point that I could pursue a career
in web development just from the
experience from working at Lyco,” said
math major David Brown ’13, who works
for Information Technology Services.
Most campus positions allow students
to pick their own hours, accommodating
class schedules that would be difficult to
support jobs elsewhere.
“A big advantage is that all of my
places of employment are so close,”
said Amanda Watsula ’13, who holds
four campus jobs. “I don’t have to
spend money on gas to get back and
forth. In addition, employers on campus
understand that you are also a college
student and are more accommodating
with your schedule.”
Mathematics major Julie Martinez ’13,
who is pursuing her elementary education
certification and works for the education
department, says “I love not having to
drive anywhere to go to work. It’s great
to be able to work during the day and not
at night when I have to do homework or
attend club meetings.”
Perhaps the most amazing benefit
of working on campus is learning how
to work with all types of people –
employers, fellow employees, peers,
adults, faculty and staff alike. This not
only creates stronger people skills, but it
allows students to make campus more of
their own, to know more about its inner
workings. Some jobs, such as being an
admissions tour guide, allow students to
learn how to interact with prospective
students and to learn what makes being a
Lycoming student so special.
“I love Lycoming, and being able to
share that with prospective students is
so special,” said Hope Weber ’13, an
admissions tour guide. “I have learned
how to talk with people and start
conversations and to be comfortable
around those who I do not know well.”
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