As of today, I am now employed on a part-time basis by Cal Dining here at UC Berkeley. I’ll likely be working on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the days on which I don’t have any classes.
I didn’t apply for a job because I needed the money, as my family has been very generous in enabling me to attend one of the best universities in the world and live modestly but comfortably. Instead, I applied because I found that I was wasting my free days. Rather than doing homework (or working on this site), I was sitting around catching up on television shows and movies.
I’m hoping that the monetary incentive of an actual job will keep me motivated to put my time to positive use. Since I also have a (basic) meal plan, I figure that if I work 15-20 hours a week and cook my own meals most of the time then I can have positive cash flow every two weeks. For some reason, I feel like seeing the numbers in my accounts go up over time will make me feel like the responsible adult whom I’d like to be, and inspire me to make positive changes to my other work habits as well.