College Life

Learning on the Job

interiors_14977_05"I love how clean the facilities are!"

"I had so much fun at camp this summer!"

"I called the college for information, and I had my question answered so quickly!"

These are all things I have heard from parents, students, and visitors. Some of these people don't realize that PCC has a student work program and are surprised to find out that students perform  many of the day-to-day duties that keep PCC in tip-top shape.  There are also students who are interested in joining the work program but don't really know what it's like or what to expect. I was a work student for two semesters, and even though I don't work on campus any more, I  still think about the lessons I learned about myself and other people.

What did I learn?

  • I can find friends anywhere. Obviously we weren't on constant coffee breaks, but we had a great camaraderie in actually getting our work done. I still hang out with my former work crew sometimes, and they are probably some of the most fun and down-to-earth people I know.
  • I can do things on time if I have a plan. One thing that working does is make you hyper-aware of time constraints, and you have to make a plan of attack to finish your work on time. On the one hand, you feel like you won't have time to finish a project. On the other, you realize you have plenty of time for homework and projects if you don't stay on your phone for an hour straight.
  • I should be grateful for all the work others do. My appreciation actually grew after I stopped working. I am especially grateful for contract students and summer workers, who keep the machine going when the rest of us aren't here!

For me, these lessons that I learned while working were far more valuable than the money I earned. Next time you walk through your residence hall and see yourself in a streak-free mirror, or you stop to admire beautifully manicured grounds, take a moment to appreciate the student workers who help to make it all possible.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.
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