August 13th, 2010

Friday Foolery #97: Advice for college $$

As August turns to September and back to school sales run rampant, it’s only natural for college students to cringe and wonder how surviving on more than Ramen is possible as tuition skyrockets and eats up an ever-increasing amount of their student loan money.

Have no fear.

I have identified a most helpful resource and, best of all, since it is on Google it’s FREE!

Over 100 Ways to Work One’s Way Through College was written 105 years ago by an author from the plains of Iowa who began college with the clothes he wore and $9.27 (‘however, he had plenty of pluck’) You, too, can find a way to sell breakfast foods, sing in church choirs, solicit orders for wood and coal, act as a pastor (!), organize orchestras & give concerts, be a night operator in telephone exchange (that sounds illicit), solicit orders for underwear (oh my), peel potatoes, and lecture for the Anti-Saloon League.

What’s not all that different for college jobs in this modern 21st century life? Waiting tables and washing dishes (been there), daycare jobs (done that), do bookkeeping (1st job out of college), delivering papers (probably not for much longer), selling copies of lectures and previous tests (and you thought this was a recent vice!), sell books, and be an amateur photographer.

Best of luck, scholar!

Hat tip to the Chronicle of Higher Education, as always

Posted at 05 03 PM | 2 Comments » | print this post

2 Responses to “Friday Foolery #97: Advice for college $$”

  1. Alison says:

    Wow, I’m really glad I didn’t have to resort to “soliciting orders for underwear.” “Stewards for boarding houses” was hard enough!

  2. Nikki Dettmar says:

    I’m assuming the modern ‘steward for a boarding house’ was being a resident advisor?

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