In a sudden burst of organizing prowess, I deleted about 2,000 messages from my inbox this past weekend. These messages, I’m ashamed to say, took me all the way back to my college days. They were far overdue for a cleaning!
Amid countless messages from the hubs who was trying to explain physics to me, I also found a few gems, and I was reminded of how long I’ve been playing this game of sure-why-not-lets-have-two-jobs.
When I was in college, I worked at a scrapbook store for the awesome rate of $8 an hour. I thought this was was pretty cool, especially because I could buy a bunch of scrapbooking supplies for a discounted rate (which I later sold on Craigslist once I gave up scrapbooking.) But, it was nothing compared to the killing I made at $15 per ballet class I taught. Today, I look back and see how much prep work I had to do to actually teach that dance class, and I realize that my per-hour rate was pretty low.
I found this e-mail that I sent to one of my professors, which I thought was kind of interesting. I apparently had to make up a quiz but was too busy working to actually take it:
Hey Professor – I wanted to speak with you after the test and tell you that I had work today, and I have work tomorrow right after school and still will not have an opportunity to take the quiz until Monday. I am fully prepared for it. I just do not have many 20 minute time slots available because I have two jobs. I certainly hope that I can take it on Monday, and that it will be fine with you.
Did you like that language? I “certainly hope!” A little pushy, no?
Just when I was beating myself up for never taking a break, like ever, I also came across this e-mail, which was a part of my scholarship application to a study abroad program at Cambridge.
Studying abroad would be a pivotal and integral moment in my college career and something I have wanted to experience for a very long time. The only way I can attend the Cambridge program is to fund myself. Anticipating that I wanted to attend a summer program, I have been diligently saving money. I have two part time jobs in addition to going to school full time. Still, I am not sure that my savings and current paychecks will be enough to cover the whole cost of the program. I am willing to do anything to have the opportunity to go to Cambridge. Thus, I sincerely appreciate your consideration for a scholarship to the Cambridge Program and give you my assurance that I would truly benefit from it and would give every best effort to make it a memorable and meaningful experience.
This e-mail actually enabled me to go to Cambridge, and I’m forever grateful to the study abroad program at my alma mater, William and Mary, for funding one of the greatest experiences of my life. With two scholarships combined, one from the Study Abroad office and one from a William and Mary alumni, I received $5,000 to take two English classes at Cambridge during the summer after my Junior year of college.
That’s me punting down the River Cam:
And rowing a boat like a boss:
Its funny; today – 5 years later – I’m still running home from my 9-5 to log online and finish up my freelancing duties. I don’t have to do this, just like I didn’t exactly have work two jobs in college. In fact, there were many times when my mom encouraged me to do my schoolwork and to stop working so I wouldn’t be so stressed out.
Yet, it’s just the way I am. I like to stay busy. I like to work. I like to create opportunities to do cool things. I like to make an income for myself so I don’t have to ask for things. It’s just me.
Like I said in the title of this post, sometimes having two jobs pays off. It gives you a safety net if the first one falls through. It gives you some extra income so you can travel, buy a house, and pay off debt. Sometimes, it also shows others that you are a responsible 20 year old and worth giving the opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience.
Do you have two jobs? If so, what do you do, and how do you balance your time? Also, if you liked this post, please subscribe to read the latest!