Work Hard, Play Hard

Posted on December 4th, by Sadia Aurna in Sadia Aurna. No Comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here! It feels amazing to be back and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to write for all of you once again.

So, this is my year two here in UF and also in the states. I wrote many posts last year, but something that I didn’t cover that’s a big part of my life here is campus jobs!Aurna Serving Pizza

Me and my co-workers I started working back home in Bangladesh when I was 15, and I think it has helped me immensely to grow as a human being. I began working on campus right after I started at Findlay, and I am still working both of the jobs that I started. I think a lot of students have seen me working in our dining hall (mostly in the pizza station), and obviously, I take immense pride in writing blogs for my University. I have also worked as a resident assistant this summer and as an an orientation leader this fall semester.

Having an on-campus job can serve as a bridge between your current educational life and your future work life. It pushes you to be organized, and teaches you how to balance work and education. My personal opinion of college life is that it’s not only about the classroom education. It’s the overall college experience.

At UF, we have various on-campus job options from which you can choose depending on your interests and abilities. The opportunities range from office work in the many campus offices, working as an attendant at the Student Recreation Center, giving campus tours, food service in the Refinery or Henderson Dining Hall, blogging and so on. Often, there’s a number of students competing for these jobs, and you might not find the perfect job on the first try. But that’s also another life lesson — we can’t get always what we want, but we keep on working for what we need.

Recently, in an interview, I asked UF’s Sodexo Food Service Director, David P. Harr, what he thinks about on campus jobs. He shared that he worked in the food sector of his campus as a college student, and he thinks that has helped him immensely in his professional life. He continually tries to help his student employees gain the valuable experience that he received.

Joe, our student manger, talking to student employees of “Hendo” (Henderson Dining Hall).

I also talked to Joseph Richard O’Toole, our student manager of Henderson Dining Hall, who was just a regular employee until recently. He told me that this job has helped boost his leadership skills in an incredible way. He is much more confident now in entering the real world job life.

On-campus jobs help you to connect with people who are already working in their respective fields. Most importantly, some of them become friends and almost family. Working in Henderson Dining Hall gave me friends that now I can’t imagine my UF life without.

Aurna bloggingMy blogging boss, Anne Risser Lee, is someone who inspires me and pushes me to do better. Last year when I didn’t know anyone for Thanksgiving, her generous invitation to attend a Thanksgiving dinner with her family made me feel that I did have some people here.

Future Oilers — consider holding on-campus jobs. College life can be full of pressures, and juggling the demands of both work and school schedules isn’t always easy. But aside from the benefit of a paycheck, those pressures can help you to grow, and often give you memories and connections that you can cherish forever.

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