Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More reasons to work on campus

I agree with Jeff. You can't beat a job on campus for the sheer convenience factor, but what I really love about my job on campus is the way it has shaped my perception of the University of Manitoba.

Prior to working on campus my view of university life was pretty narrow. It was limited to the series of classes and activities I took part in. Other degree programs, student organizations and several thousand administrative and campus support workers only existed in the realm of abstraction. Working at the Learning Assistance Centre, I meet and deal with countless students from all over the world, and together we engage directly with their course work.

Ultimately, I love my job on campus because it allows me glimpses into spheres of learning that would otherwise not involve me. By employing my skills on campus, I get to lend my support to the processes of learning here at the UofM.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Strapped for Cash and Studying

If you are a University of Manitoba student, or any university student for that matter, there is a very good chance that you are strapped for cash during the school months. There are a variety of ways to deal with this lack of cash that won’t put you further into debt, such as getting a job, playing the stock market, betting your best friend $10 that you can beat her to that streetlamp, selling your quilt collection, winning an arm wrestling tournament, betting your best friend $20 that you can beat her from that streetlamp to the trash can, finding money in an old jacket pocket and so on and so on.

Obviously, the most feasible option here is getting a part-time job. The problem with this option is the amount of time that you actually have to spare on such a thing, as well as the fact that you may not want to work weekends when you spend all week with your nose cemented to the books.

Don’t worry, all is not lost: a great option for students to make some cash can be found in the form of a job here on campus at the University of Manitoba. A job on campus is great for picking up some cash during the school year because you don’t have to drive anywhere to get to work. Also, the jobs that are found on campus are designed for students and as a result, are much more flexible when it comes to working into your schedule. There are a variety of jobs that a student can get on campus such as the one that I am working right now as a write this at the Learning Assistance Centre.

To learn more about these positions please check out the University of Manitoba Career and Employment Services webpage at

Good luck on your exams!