How part-time job affects GPA and tips to success

Story and gallery by SEOK LEE

People work in companies and students go to college to study to get better jobs after they graduate. To study in a university, students pay lots of tuition fees to university administration. The reason why people go to college is that some jobs require a university diploma.

In other words, people want to have better jobs by investing money in college tuition like a stock market. Parents bankroll money for their child’s future and child spends time for their future. Even some students supply money by themselves without parents’ financial support.

Students have a part- or full-time job to earn money for tuition fees. Also, some students work to gain industry experience and to be a more competitive applicant in the job market. Moreover, some people work part-time to earn pocket money for themselves. These show that college students work a part- or full-time job for various reasons.

As a result of a survey with 10 college students at Marriott Library, eight out of 10 students currently have a part- or full-time job, and two students have worked a part-time job in the past, but they mention that they are now concentrating more on their studies.

More college students who are currently working answer that they work 11 to 20 hours a week. Nine out of 10 respondents to the questionnaire say that working less would lead to higher academic achievement.

They say that if they worked fewer hours, they would have more time to spend studying. Also, they respond to the questionnaire that working while attending college had somewhat negatively affected their GPA.

One respondent said that working less would not lead to higher academic achievement. He said in the questionnaire that it is only an excuse for not having time to study because of a part- or full-time job.

He points out one survey question and says if people want to get higher GPA or college success, it is essential to study a lot. The survey question that he answered was: how many hours a week do you study for classes?

According to survey results, most respondents respond that they study 11 to 20 hours per week. He said that he studies more than 30 hours per week. He said working a part -or full-time job to earn money for tuition is not a good idea.

Instead, studying hard and trying to get a scholarship is more beneficial for the future. He says that he applies for scholarships and he also accepts subsidizing financial aid in the university.

Good scholarships are needed to study hard. ASUU offers a tutoring system to all university students. It is located in the Student Services Building, third floor. ASUU provides tutoring service in its office and library. Kassidy L. Giggey, a learning specialist in ASUU’s Learning Success Center, says, “Large numbers of students use tutoring and one or two students per week come to ASUU and ask for tutoring.”

In order to get good grades while working, she suggests making a schedule and posting it where a student can see at easily. She recommends doing this for a month as a habit. When a student plans to make a schedule, she says, “It is recommended to study six or seven hours per class.”

She emphasizes, “It is regrettable that many students are not yet familiar with this program, and our office is ready to help students at any time.”

The Learning Success Center, which is located in the Student Services Building, third floor, also provides online resources to support study tips such as better note taking, study guides, time management, study skills and more. These online resources help students to study easier and better.

The Academic Advising Center, located in the Student Services Building, fourth floor, and major advisors also help students succeed in college. One academic advisor named Steve Hadley says, “Lots of students work part-time but they take over 15 credits. This is one of the reasons students get tired before graduation.”

He says, “If students have a part-time job, I advise them not to take more than 15 credit hours and if students have a full-time job, I advise them not to take more than six to seven credit hours. For a better school life, balance in work and study is needed.”

He also says, “In fact, many students want to get good grades and ask me for advice that they do not have enough time to study because of work. It is always welcome to help students so please make an appointment on the website anytime.”

The Student Success Advocate Office is in Sill Center near the Union. This program was made five years ago and it also supports students’ college success. Because it is not the old program, it has not been known to many students yet.

April Ollivier, who works in the Student Success Advocate Office, says, “Learning Success Center and Student Success Advocate Office is quite different. The ASUU tutoring system in the Learning Success Center is providing more academic skills to students but the Student Success Advocate Office gives advice to students with ordinary issues too.”

She also mentions, “Student Success Advocate Office provides texting system so they text students whether they are fine in college or not.”

According to survey results, a part- or full-time job affects GPA somewhat negatively but there are some tips to succeed in college life. Both studying hard gives success in university and engaging in clubs and activities help students succeed in college too.

University provides lots of programs for students to succeed in college life such as Learning Success Center’s ASUU tutoring system or Student Advocate Office provides. Hopefully, all students have a good university life before doing social activities after graduate.

Bags to Beds program makes a lasting impact upon the homeless community in Salt Lake City

Story, photos, and video by SPENCER K. GREGORY

A local student has created a service project that has impacted the homeless community in Salt Lake City.

Kaitlin Mclean, creator and director of the Bags to Beds program.

Kaitlin McLean, a fifth-year student at the University of Utah, has created a system in which the participant recycles plastic bags, creates plastic yarn, and produces mats that she said can then be used to “help our homeless neighbors.” This service project has been referred to as Bags to Beds.

“Bags to Beds is a community service project that’s looking to reduce waste for our community by breaking down plastic bags that can’t be recycled,” McLean said.

She organized this student-directed service project through the Bennion Center. The Bennion Center is a nonprofit organization on the U’s campus that serves the local community.

Since then, McLean is now the director of the program and has made a tremendous impact upon sustainability within the Salt Lake Valley.

She said that it averages about 40-50 hours of service per mat.

Students can get involved with however much time they want to spend.

One U student, Megan Peterson, said, “The project itself was really easy, and not hard to understand.”

Peterson is currently a third-year student who is studying communication with an emphasis in strategic communication. She specifically loves to help out the Bennion Center Scholars program.

Peterson mentions how she was first introduced to Bags to Beds at a Scholars social where they just ate pizza. In the meeting they casually discussed goal setting with students pursuing their work for their personal engagement within the community.

Afterward, the Scholars were unified in their efforts to cut plastic bags into objects that would later be used into “plarn.”

U students hard at work with “plarn.”

“Plarn” is the term that Bags to Beds has adopted to describe the unique process of creating the service phenomenon.

Bryan Luu offers insight as to the process and functionality of plarn making. He said, “Plarn is a form of plastic yarn. It’s what wove together these giant mats. All of it’s made from plastic bags that have just been cut into strips and tied together to resemble the yarn.”

Once the mats are made from the plarn, they are immediately distributed to a local resource center or to Project Homeless Connect.

Homeless Connect is a one-day event that helps provide services and outlets for those who are homeless. People can learn how to get involved in this project by visiting the website.

The program has a tremendous connection to the Project Homeless Connect happening in downtown Salt Lake City. “We’ll have all the mats we’ve finished throughout the year for those that are anticipating they’ll be outside this year,” McLean said.

McLean said they expect to help more than 600 individuals during 2018.
“It also gives us an opportunity to work with other people who work with this population, and also get to know the people we are serving,” she said.

This program has made a great impact upon a tremendous social issue.
Peterson said, “Even though homelessness itself is such a huge issue, they’re just trying to help a little bit by taking waste that can’t even be recycled, and then re-using them for something useful.”

Peterson added, “It also helped me focus in on an issue that I’m not thinking about all the time.”

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Bryan Luu shares his experience with Bags to Beds.

Luu, a fifth-year student at the U studying civil engineering and urban ecology, said, “My time with Bags to Beds really has shaped a lot of my community involvement because I feel as if I can continue making a difference. Just having that knowledge, is just really important. Then I can be able to still give back to my community.”

Students or other patrons can visit Bags to Beds to get actively involved. Visitors can then fill out a volunteer interest form.

Bags to Beds has trained organizations and individuals to work independently on the service project at the Bennion Center or even at home.

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Bags to Beds was founded by University of Utah student Kaitlin McLean.

So if you’re a community member, student, or local citizen in the community there are many ways for you to get engaged in this great organization. According to McLean, Bags to Beds can even personally deliver plarn right at your door.

Peterson said it’s an “easy way to get involved.”

Paige Remington, another student at the U, said, “Although I am not directly helping people who are experiencing homelessness, I am using my hands and my time to create something that will hopefully alleviate a small amount of suffering.”

Debbie Hair, the administrative assistant for the Bennion Center.

Debbie Hair is the administrative assistant for the Bennion Center. She has helped the founder of Bags to Beds from the beginning. She said, “This project went off miraculously with a lot of attention.”

Hair added, “There’s a couple of different reaches this program has, one is environment. We’re not just reaching out to the homeless to give them comfort, but we’re also repurposing those bags.”

According to Bags to Beds, the program has collected over 12,000 plastic bags for active sustainable use in the community.

Bags to Beds has a plan to prepare a model that is sustainable moving forward. McLean said, “The project will continue to flourish no matter how many students there are.”

Students through the Bennion Center and community members in the Salt Lake Valley have been the main community engagement resource, providing service hours for the program. However, the organization plans to spread to other cities.

Since the early years of the program, it has now officially become an incorporated business outside of the Bennion Center.

McLean said, “Bags to Beds is now in the process of becoming a tax-deductible nonprofit organization.” Bags to Beds has made a tremendous impact upon the homeless society in the Salt Lake Valley and will continue to change countless future lives.

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