Jobs and Money and Living in Two Places

I’ve been kind of freaking out the last few days just because I have so much on my mind (which I always do, so I don’t know why this is new…).

The foremost thing I am worried about is finding a job for the summer. This wouldn’t be so difficult, but I live in St. Louis while I also live in Kansas City while attending school. If I were to stay in Kansas City for the summer I wouldn’t have to worry about all of this because I could just continue the job I have into the summer. Except I’m going home to St. Louis, which means I need to find another job. Which is hard, might I add, for a company to want to hire someone just for the summer.

I know a friend who had a summer job archiving old medical records last year. She has since then found a different job, but I’m going to see if they could use anyone this summer. The drawback is you can only work twenty hours a week, which isn’t bad, I just would prefer something where I could work more. But it would be a start. I’m also looking into working at the hotel I worked at last summer again, but I don’t think they need the help. And I wanted to work over winter break but that fell through, so I have a feeling the summer will fall through as well…

If I don’t get either of those, then I’m probably screwed. I really need a job this summer because next semester I’m moving off campus, which means I need a car, which means I need money, which means I need a job…

The other problem I’m facing is that the current job I have now is though my campus and Federal Work-Study. It’s a grant where I can work at a job on campus and get paid for it; however, you have to be awarded that grant to be able to get certain jobs. Last semester, I was put on a waiting list to receive it and finally got it about halfway through. The thing is, if that happens again next year, I won’t get to keep my job because I won’t have received Work-Study.

So I’ll have to find another job. A job that will be flexible enough to let me go home for winter break and spring break and the summer. Of course, I could be awarded Work-Study and everything will be handy-dandy for next year. But I feel like it won’t work out that way.

On top of all of that, me and a few girls I know have been trying to find an apartment and it’s been kind of discouraging. We haven’t found any places that are close to campus and are within our budget with enough space.

Bahh, I wish there was a button that you could just press and your mind would just stop thinking, even for just a few minutes…

12 thoughts on “Jobs and Money and Living in Two Places”

  1. Oh wow – I hope you get a job sometime soon, especially for summer! Finding a job, now a days, is quite hard. Especially here in Southern California. Where I live, its impossible to get a job, unless you have a car (which I don’t have at the moment either – due to my medical condition). Anyway, I know what you’re going through – but I’ve been told to work on my medical condition first, then go from there.

    Anyway, I do hope you receive that grant. I really want to go back to school, but I need a Pell Grant, or a Grant period. I don’t even know where to start. My Financial Aid, was accepted to the school I want to go, and I do want to continue learning about computers. But, how can I do this, even with my late payments of my student loan? I have to take the bus to and from. Which should be fun. But hey its a form of public transit. Which doesn’t bother me. Or I could hitch a ride with my boyfriend, if we have the same class dates and times. Or something. I don’t know at the moment.

    By the way – I like/love the new layout! Its very different and cozy feeling, from the last one. Where the last one was a bit over the place, if you know what I mean (To much white/open areas.)?

    Anyway, I really will be praying for you on this manner! Take it easy!

  2. Hey, I think I know what you are going through. I’m trying to be patient waiting for scholarship money to come in. But rushing to get that much more scholarship applications in before deadlines and trying to make sure I can squeeze in as much math as I can this senior year. My brain needs and off button as well becuase I haven’t even mentioned my internship and freelance work.
    But I’m starting to finally figure out that all of this worry and anxiety is really effecting my body. So I’m trying to take deep breaths and remeber God is in control and then take another deep breath. ^_^ I don’t know if it is working or not but we’ll see.
    Good luck with all your plans and I’m wishing and praying the best for you!

  3. Do you have a Kumon or a Sylvan where you live? That’s a good place to work. It’s easy and you make some spending money. They’re pretty flexible. I worked there in the summer.

    There are also jobs at my dorm being an RA in the summer. You can take summer classes and get paid for being an RA just for the summer. Does your school have something like that?

  4. I know how difficult it is to find a job. :( I go to school 500mi away from home and I had to go home for the summer last summer. My supervisor was very nice though, I don’t know if they do this where you work, but maybe they’ll just not schedule you for the summer and you can continue when you return?

    Unfortunately it’s insanely expensive to get an apartment close to a school campus D: I found that it was a lot cheaper ($100-200 less per month) the further away from campus you go. I guess either the land around the school is just more expensive or people just like to make more money off of suffering students. x__x I’m not sure if apartments around your area do this, but maybe you can find someone that’s leaving the area and passing down their lease? It’s usually cheaper since their lease is for the previous term and would have cheaper rent.

    I wish you the best of luck with the job(s) and apartment hunting ,though! It never hurts to ask the places you’re currently looking at even if you don’t think they need anyone. :) The worst they could do is say no, but maybe they’ll need someone a little later into the summer. ^-^

  5. Thank you so much for the birthday greeting! I had to study for Chemistry and Biology tests, but other than that it was great!

    Sorry to hear that your job and apartment search isn’t going that great. I’m sure sometime soon a great deal with pop up for your “dream apartment” haha. And as for the job, I’ll bet there’s a ton of places that will be happy to hire you and work with your summer – school year flexibility! I don’t even have a job, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to be forever broke. But it’s okay, I’ll just live at home until I do.. LOL T_T

  6. Your post made me giggle a little, because you’re looking for just a summer job. Where I live that’s all jobs are here are seasonal. Either just for the summer during the fests or during the winter when it is ski season. Here it is finding a permanent job that is hard. I’m sorry to laugh, it’s just a little funny to think about how opposite it is in the places we live.

    I do hope your job hunt goes well though, it can be really hard sometimes. Just keep sending out your resume and applying at all sorts of different type of places to work. Even some you may not have thought to consider, and eventually someone will want to hire you.

    Good Luck!

  7. Yeah, it’s difficult to find a job. I know I’ve been trying for months. I do hope something comes your way.

  8. I totally understand where you are coming from. Sometimes I wish too that I could just shut my mind off as well. I am just constantly think and worrying. I can’t do it. I keep trying to not, but I just got so much on my mind that it drives me up a wall.

    I really do not have any advice to how to deal with it because this is something that I struggle with as well. All I know is that you just need to keep your head up and trust that everything will work out. Because many times this is what has worked for me.

    Good luck love. <3

  9. Wow, I hope you find a job soon! I remember what it was like to be a college student, working as a work study and then having to find a summer job as well. I always worked as a camp counselor for our local YMCA. The camp only ran during the summer, so it was good to not have to worry for summers afterwards, knowing they will hire me back.

  10. Jobs and apartments, jobs and apartments, another thing I’m missing out on for living at home!

    It must be hard to live between two cities. My brother kinda did that and he was home for first summer of college but he didn’t come home the last two summers, and summer after graduation he was interning here. So it’s kinda divided between, it depends on what you wanna do.

    I wanted to move into my own apartment but since my job doesn’t pay enough money, I can’t. I guess it’s not the end of the world to live at home.

    I actually don’t know what I’m doing this summer either, but I have sorta a job right now to tutor. But lots of time wasted if I don’t get another job!

  11. Good luck with finding a job for the summer. You have a few months to do what you can to find the job you want. I thought summer jobs are easier because they know it’s temporary. Have you looked through craigslist yet?

    I’m sure you will come up with something one way or another. Life isn’t always easy when it comes to specific things. You gotta work for it.. Just like how you gotta work to find that perfect apartment. You gots this :D!

  12. Sorry that you have to deal with all of that :( Job hunting is never fun, and I know others who are having trouble finding a job too. I really hope you’ll find a summer job and will be able to keep your current job.

    It’s unfortunate that apartments are typically more expensive the closer they are to campus. I found a new apartment after graduating, and the rent was so much cheaper as I got away from the campus area.

    Good luck with all of those! I hope something will work out!

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