As a Freshman, How will I make Money?

When I first came to Oswego I was so unsure of how life would be, so many changes were happening. One of my main concerns was money, I have always worked for the money I had but when I was a freshman all I thought was, what do I do now? Luckily, Oswego has so many opportunities for college students to make a little money for those essential expenses.
If you are like me and don’t have a car here at school, you’ll probably benefit from the on-campus opportunities. SUNY Oswego offers many part-time jobs on campus to us students, even for though who don’t have work-study. You can find a job in Auxiliary Services, Campus Recreation, Resident Life and Housing, and more! Auxiliary Services offers positions to work in dining halls or cafes right here on campus. Campus Recreation positions are those at the school gym, the pool, and for Intramural sports. The Resident Life and Housing offers jobs right in the dorms, it doesn’t get more convenient than that! Most of the jobs pays you minimum wage and you will get a check that you can pick up in Culkin Hall every other week. The best part is that they work with your class schedule to accommodate you without getting in the way of your school obligations!
If you do have a car, you’re lucky. There are many off campus job opportunities, and they are so close to campus. Dunkin Donuts is always looking for employees, and it’s less than a mile away from campus. Pizza Hut is right next to Dunkin, Fajita Grill (it’s like a Chipotle, but different), Kinneys Drugs (our local pharmacy), and so many more shops downtown (only 1 mile away from campus). It doesn’t hurt to apply to a few jobs, that way you increase your opportunity and further guarantee your odds to be hired!
Now that you know about the different places you can look for a job, how do you maintain your money? Save, save, save! Make a “Rainy Day” savings account or even a piggy bank. The best advice I can give you is to set aside a small portion of your check each pay period. Even if it’s just 5/10 dollars, it’ll build up and one day you’ll end up with more than you expected. This easy tactic saves lives. Also, budget yourself! You know you get the same amount of money an hour, calculate how much you would get each check and make a budget. Let’s say my check is $100, I would map out how much I can spend on food, how much on toiletries, etc. If you are mindful with your money and expenses, you won’t have to be so worried about money in college! You learn with time, once you get into a routine it’ll be mindless!

Introducing Lanie


My name is Luzelena Cespedes, but that’s a mouth full so you can call me Lanie. I am so excited to introduce myself as a new social media intern for SUNY Oswego. To tell you a little bit about myself, I from Westchester, New York which is just 45-60 minutes outside of the New York City. When I first came to Oswego I was a freshman Broadcasting major but now I am a junior and I am majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Business Administration. This year I am hoping to gain so many more skills within both PR and business which is why I am eager to begin this journey as an intern. As well as focusing on school, I am sister of a national sorority called Delta Phi Epsilon. This semester I gained a leadership position in Delta Phi Epsilon. My position as National Panhellenic Conference Delegate means I attend weekly meetings with sisters from all national sororities on campus and report important discussion we had within these meetings to my chapter. I am excited to conquer these new tasks in my college career as well as gain the proper experience to benefit my future.

Now that you know a little bit about me, I hope to learn more about this new community I just became a part of. Everyday you learn something new and that is what I am looking forward to most this semester!