Making Money

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It is difficult to make money in college.  First there are the time restrictions:  not only do you have class at weird hours of the day, but you also have to build in enough time to study.  Sleeping is useful too.  And if you want to go to grad school, you had better get in some extracurriculars as well.  It starts to sound like high school all over again!

Then there is the experience issue, which is probably worse than other places.  I've browsed Craigslist a lot, and all of the places that are hiring want the people to apply to have at least 2 years of experience.  That is all fine and dandy, until they specify (as they all do) that it must be 2 years of NEW YORK experience.  I'm a freshman, I haven't even lived here long enough to have that much experience. 

So that leaves the college kid in New York in a bind.  Luckily, there is a third option that I have recently discovered.  Studies.  There is a lot of research being done at Columbia that requires a lot of participant to get a large amount of data.  The researchers know that they will not get undergrads to participate unless they pay them for their time.  So it ends up that I can spend 10 measly minutes of my day answering question about how I feel at the particular moment and I can make FIVE BUCKS!  This may not seem like a lot, but it really does add up.  

Plus, you are also helping out with some potentially important research, which is always a good feeling.


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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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