Paychecks rock. People generally get jobs in order to have money. Very rarely does someone wake up and say, “I think I will get a waitressing job because I’ve always wanted to bring people’s food to them while they are hungry and cranky. Oh, and I get paid? Eh. Whatever.”
You must leave the college bubble. The college bubble is a real thing. I forget that not everyone says things like “fucking hegemony” and “I just spent six hours in the library playing doodle jump” and “I have a thousand pre-paid food options and not one of them appeals to me” on a regular basis. Going to work is like entering the real person world for a few hours. This can give one something that resembles perspective, which I hear is important later on.
Jobs can be fun. I mean, they are not always fun, but sometimes they are if you have a good one.
Jobs can be not-fun. Sometimes working sucks. Sometimes you’ll be stressed out about some other thing and you will not want to approach a single person about what kind of jeans they might be looking for today.
You can’t really blow off your job. You can blow off reading for a class if you don’t feel like it. You can even blow off the class itself. You can spend an entire day in your room under the covers painting your nails and watching 30 Rock if you want to. This is college. When you have a job, you actually do have to go to it or they can fire you.
Having a job may be inconvenient. Perhaps you have work but you also need to write a paper and you’d also like to have dinner with that girl from your philosophy section who seems cool, and you have to delay those other things because, as noted above, your paper won’t fire you if you don’t write it right now. Your job might.
Clara spends her free time mostly blogging (at That Girl Magazine and sometimes CollegeFashion.net). Ask her where 'home' is and she'll tell you it's complicated. She comes from a family of stubborn lunatics with boundary issues, including the dog. Clara hates the patriarchy, unless there are heavy boxes involved.