College students are sometimes known for the odd jobs they hold
during the summer.
From cooking fast food to construction in another country, this
past summer some CSU students sought employment to earn money, pass
the time and even to learn.
With a tough job market, some students had to latch onto any
“I made pizzas at Macaroni Grill in Fort Collins,” said Joe
Domko, a junior environmental ethics major. “It was the only place
to get a job.”
Students may anticipate returning to classes after unmemorable
“I was a mailman at the [Fort Collins] post office,” said Andy
Wise, a senior political science major. “I was thinking about going
postal. It’s good money for very brainless work. School’s easier
Other students felt they struck gold with summer jobs where work
seems more like play.
“The kids I was nannying for had a bowling alley, a hot tub and
pool, three kitchens, a trampoline, big screen TVs, foosball, ping
pong… the normal arcade stuff. It was wonderful,” said freshman
technical journalism major Emily Rogers, who worked 40 hours each
week with two children in Littleton.
Kat Boyd, a sophomore English major, simply got a run of bad
luck with a summer job involving youngsters.
“I worked at a preschool and it was so stressful. The kids were
terrible,” said Boyd, who worked 36 hours each week in Littleton.
“I told a little boy if he kept on crossing his eyes at me, he
would run into things and start bleeding.”
Jobs can sometimes be spiced up by one unordinary instance that
stands out from other seemingly uneventful days.
“I worked at Target as a cashier and helped stop a store thief
who tried to pay with a stolen check,” said freshman open option
major Jacki DeHayes-Rice, adding that she liked the people working
there but hated being told what to do.
While some students may simply dislike working in general and
only do it for the money, others may seek educational
Andy Kittelson, a doctorate student studying neuroscience,
worked 50 hours each week in a CSU biochemistry lab trying to
produce protein that occurs in human spinal cords and uncover the
“It’s been a learning experience in many ways,” Kittelson said.
“I worked with technicians and a professor.”
Open option junior Steve Pries chose his summer employment based
on a trip he made with his church one year ago.
“I was a missionary in Mexico this summer and built 19 houses. I
earned $200 per month for food and other expenses,” Pries said. “It
feels good to see friends but I have a different outlook after
seeing poverty like that.”