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What job did you have while you were in college?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 7, 2006

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Photo of Seth Davidson

“I was a house boy at a sorority. I got free food and everything.”

Photo of Julie Williams

“I worked at the dorm cafeteria. It was horrible, but it was money.”

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“I was a lifeguard. Bad pay and lots of sunburn.”

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“I was a nurse’s assistant. It was my stepping stone into nursing.”

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jhawkdpt 11 years, 9 months ago

I worked at Student Health Services as a physical therapy aide.

oldgranny 11 years, 9 months ago

Didn't go to college. Didn't really need to in my day. I got my Mrs. degree and then a real life education.

southerngirl 11 years, 9 months ago

Gymnastics coach at the North Topeka YMCA, tumbling coach at Jardine Middle School and afternoon relief person at a childcare center. d

Linda Aikins 11 years, 9 months ago

Now now, Harley...

Secretary, of course.

jonas 11 years, 9 months ago

Driver, Debt Collector, Skiptracer, Inbound phone repair (ahhh. . . sprint telecenters), hotel clerk, gas station clerk, data entry, waiter, bus-boy.

trinity 11 years, 9 months ago

jonas, you mentioned "sprint telecenters"; i had my first experience, after having been with SWBell for a gazillion years, of having to call the sprint or whatever the H their name is now, repair center a couple days ago. mannnnnnn, where do they get these people?? i guess if it's college kids i understand...but what an experience in frustration! agh!

i was a mom when i was in college-THAT was my favorite&best job! :)

jonas 11 years, 9 months ago

trinity: My observation was this: the people you call are three steps removed from the actual people getting the work done. You would call and talk to me, I would ask some rote questions to get a feel for the type of problem, then I would send your report electronically to the regional dispatch, who would then send the report to the correct local dispatch, who would then send the technician out to do the work (unless of course you missed his brief light knock on your door in the 5 hour availability window that you had to be vigilant during HAHA cuz then he just left and you had to call again!)

So, in the absence of any meaningful repair purpose for my existence in the repair system/mechanism, what I actually was (or at least, what I was supposed to be, and was in trouble a lot for not doing because it felt dirty to me, and why I quit) was a telemarketer, just one that, in order to get your service fixed you had to go through. Training, both at hire and continuing, was focused 40/20/40 on using the operating system/troubleshooting/upselling and selling additional products. I don't know if that's still the case, but from the sound of things I would guess that it is.

southerngirl 11 years, 9 months ago

You're lucky if you get a college kid these days! I called a call center for something last week and could barely understand the woman who took my call. I think I'd rather use a push button system (press one for...) than talk to someone from another country who is taking an American job...

Topside 11 years, 9 months ago

I worked at a sweat shop, er...I mean Hastings.

PS- Unless things have drastically improved NEVER buy candy there. It is all REALLY old and stale.

KSChick1 11 years, 9 months ago


were yours the best teeth they have ever come across?

acg 11 years, 9 months ago

TOB, that killed me! I was a waitress/bartender, in every kind of place one can imagine, from biker bars to 5 star dining. I'm so glad I don't do that anymore!

trinity 11 years, 9 months ago

lol, thanks for that explanation jonas! :)

i only have a TWO hour window for the service person! i've got to leave work early (no sweat there, lol) to be home between 3:15&5:15. i will stand vigilant on my front porch to watch for 'em!

for once, i think that i knew MORE about my problem than did the tech. i humored him though. i was vindicated when he finally concluded what i'd told him at the git-go; bad dsl line. his tech term for it was "horrible" dsl line, lmaoooooooo!

craigers 11 years, 9 months ago

Worked at Target. Great student job, good pay, hours, benefits... No complaints here.

DanFreako 11 years, 9 months ago

I was a bouncer at Coyotes, Tremmors and the bar before Tremmors ..729.

As well as for a NIH study at the Ellsworth cafeteria for my degree.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 9 months ago

Florist, green-house worker, freelance artist, go-fer, wife (and all the jobs that come with that title.)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 9 months ago

RI, don't we all have that title until we get married? And then, sadly, 50% of us could still claim it.

H_Lecter 11 years, 9 months ago

Sgt., I think getting to know them before they expire is more interesting and fun. While a funeral home would have it's perks... (did you ever hear, "You can't spell funeral without f-u-n?")

YourItalianPrincess 11 years, 9 months ago

WHile attending college I worked at Kindercare. It was great on the job training as I completed my ECE courses.

I now own my own little in home daycare here in Lawrence and its great to be the boss.

I'm on vacation for all week which I take twice a year. My oldest moved out on his own, so now my youngest is changing rooms. Its going to be a busy week for us here at home, and we are hoping to also fit in going to Chicago or St. Louis for a couple of days too.

Have a great day everyone.

mom_of_three 11 years, 9 months ago

I worked at K-Mart, Taco Tico, and as a bookkeeper for an auto dealership. Lots of different experiences which served me well as I entered the full time job market.

jayhawks71 11 years, 9 months ago

anonymous LJ Reader; vindictive and jealous... expect nothing less.

So what if their parents were successful and paid for their kids education, vehicle, cell phone, computer and so on?

Don't be such a hater.

Jayhawk226 11 years, 9 months ago

  • Res. Hall monitor (my body and sleep patterns still haven't recovered from those darn mid-AM hours)

  • Office of Admissions/Scholarships transcript evaluator (last 2 weeks.....HATED IT!!!!)

  • Asst. Weekend Program Director @ Natural History Museum (Ride Comanche, Ride!!)

Jayhawk226 11 years, 9 months ago

ah, and left out:

  • Substitute teacher for Lawrence schools

mlemiller 11 years, 9 months ago

Reporter/morning show host for a public radio station. I loved it. I wish I was still doing it.

Laura Watkins 11 years, 9 months ago

I had two campus jobs while in school and would definitely suggest them to any KU student. It was really hard for me to find a job off-campus and the college jobs are plentiful and pay fairly well.

samsnewplace 11 years, 9 months ago

I worked in the toy store for JC Penney in Santa Monica, CA. The main store was located across the alley and then they had a building in a small parking lot that was just a toy store. Alot of fun memories there.

KSChick1 11 years, 9 months ago

thanks bialys

like to point out he started it! :)

Kristen Murphy 11 years, 9 months ago

I worked at a dining hall and the sports info department. It was fun! Sure paid the bills!

ejh0486 11 years, 9 months ago

I was a member of the sorority house where Seth was a house boy. I am sure the job had to stink at times, but he worked with a great cook, an awesome house mom and the other house boys were very nice. He rarely had to interact with us unless he wanted to. (But I would say we were a pretty decent group of girls) By the by, he was extremely sweet and well-mannered! I am glad to see he became a pastor!

ejh0486 11 years, 9 months ago

Oh yeah ... Shoe store, fast food, catering company, receptionist at a clinic, advertising agency, KC Star, and KU. Most of the time I was working those jobs at the same time. College is expensive!

Dixie Jones 11 years, 9 months ago

lol T_O_B wondering where seth is a pastor at , cause im thinkin maybe i need to go back to church (wink)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 9 months ago

RI, still clinging to the former group...not the latter. So, I guess by you're definition, a "temporary social companion" is 2 hours or less time spent? Did she make good wages? ;)

acg 11 years, 9 months ago

Hehe, TOB, me either. I think the pervy part of me wanted the story to go something like "Dear Hustler. I was a house boy in a fraternity. I got free food, and everything! The job was great. One day, after mowing the lawn, I came in for a drink of cold water. I was sweaty and my white tshirt clung to my chest. There were 3 sorority girls in the kitchen that day......." Ah to be young and dumb and, well you all know the rest of that adage. :)

Charla Welch 11 years, 9 months ago

Slicer at Mr. Goodcent's, housekeeper at a hotel back home (yes, minimum wage to clean up other people's puke, literally), and assistant lab analyst at the mining and processing plant my dad works for. The last was the best: $17+ an hour, and I got to stay inside in the AC most of the time. I did have to do 12 hour shifts my second summer there, but the pay was worth it.

lubyloo 11 years, 9 months ago

Super K-Mart in the toy department! I worked there during the first Christmas that Tickle Me Elmo came out. It was completely insane. I think I was asked, "Do you have Tickle Me Elmo?" about five thousand times. This job tested my sanity. The key is to not get ambitious about straightening up the department and just come to the realization that it will ALWAYS be a disaster area. You just have to walk through the aisles and pick things up off the floor -- don't even try to put them back, just pick the toys up and put them SOMEWHERE so the people can get down the aisles.

By the way, Topside, funny that you should make that comment about stale candy at Hastings. I bought a pack of gum there the other day and it was so old that it was crunchy!!

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