Working hard for that extra college money

working for that extra moneyThank heavens my son is healthy and strong. I say that for many reasons, but lately I’m thankful because he was just hired by a nearby plastics factory for summer help. I believe his well-built stature is what landed him that very high-paying job. For an 18-year-old with no work experience except for cleaning out hog pens on our farm, he got the job. I was kind of shocked, actually, because the process took less than a week from when he applied.

I’ll back track a little. Scott decided to attend the expensive private college in central Iowa. The list price for one year totals a little more than the price of a fairly nice new car — $32,000. Scott just feels the place is right for him – laid back like him and the curriculum offers him a degree in exercise science which he hopes to turn into a professional career as a football coach someday. I think he’ll fit right in, especially if he opens up a little more and absorbs the great opportunities offered in a private, liberal arts college.

So, with the big price tag looming, he got going in looking for a job. He knew there was no way Mom and Dad could foot the rest of the bill after financial aid offered only half the price. But no matter what happens, he needed a job. Our tiny local paper just happened to have an ad a few weeks ago for a very well established company just ¼ mile down the road. They requested someone that can lift, pull, push and shove big boxes. Well, it didn’t exactly say that, but close to it.

He printed off his resume and drove over to the factory that afternoon, filled out some papers and waited. My son has never been quick to come up with a plan, but his plan was to get a good job.

A week later after more filling out of papers and taking a drug test, he got the job. He starts the day after graduation. Wow. He didn’t have to beg, borrow, or steal for a job. He didn’t know anyone working there. He never has worked for anyone else but his father. Somehow, the human resource woman saw something in him and his resume that said, “Hire him.” I’m so glad they did.

He has the potential to make over $5,000 this summer. That is exactly what he needed to help pay for a big bill, and that doesn’t include the books or the extra expenses that might he might incur during the two weeks he will be move in early for football camp.

And if you think filling out all those scholarship forms and writing essays is a bunch of bologna, then use my son as an example. He’s a B student, wasn’t the star athlete or scholars, but he was friendly and never got in trouble. During the senior awards ceremony at his school, they announced his name twice for scholarships — $1,000 more in his pocket.


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