One thing you may not realize when you first step on campus is that many of your peers are working while taking classes. Some are doing internships to prepare them for future careers, some are running their own companies on the side, and some are working at a local restaurant to pay rent. As a student who also works as a part-time intern, I can tell you-it's not easy. Learning to manage your time and keep on top of your schoolwork is no small feat. This being said, the rewards greatly outweigh the costs of working while in school.
Here are some things I've noticed in myself and my peers:
1. You know how to behave in a professional setting. Whether you're doing your homework, participating in a group project, or discussing something in class, you will bring a more polished version of yourself to class.
2. You learn how to work under pressure. Tasks that once seemed intimidating become just another thing you're going to finish.
3. You will learn to be self-motivated. Rather than asking many questions and looking to be directed, you can now formulate a plan of how you're going to get from a to b. These skills are invaluable in any setting.
4. You see the big picture! Rather than seeing tasks as some small hurdle you have to jump through, many times your perspective will change to see why instructors are pushing different topics.
5. You get paid! Enough said.
DU offers great resources to get you hooked up with a job or internship in your field. To learn more, visit the DU Internship page http://www.du.edu/career/jobs_internships/internships.html