By Ashly Bendorovich (Whetstone Staff Writer)

Many freshmen say they are unsure during their first year whether to get involved in extra-curricular activities or get a job to earn money for expenses.

There are several do’s and don’ts suggested by students and former students about how to make it work.

Jessica Curry-Keith, a former Wesley student and alcohol coordinator for the College, said she worked throughout her college career.

“I know when I turned 21, I was so hyped and spent hundreds of dollars a week on going out because I was working and I could afford to do so,” she said.

But she learned a lesson quickly.

“All your life savings should not be spent on partying,” she said.

Senior Shakeiya Marshall has a job and lives off campus while attending school.

When she lived on campus, she worked at the college as a monitor in the academic resource center, and spent most of her money on shopping.

“I work hard so I deserve to have fun and splurge a little,” she said.

Freshman Denise Charles works in Student Affairs and is an office assistant. She said her money mostly goes to laundry and food.

Junior Amber Roddy said students might benefit from a class teaching students how to use money effectively.

“It’s better to learn from a class or seminar,” she said.

There are ways that a college student can balance a job and spending their money.

One can balance everything by time management, Curry-Keith said.​

“I definitely think it is important to balance having fun. I had a lot of fun at Wesley, but I also made sure all my responsibilities were taken care of before I did so,” she said.

Wells Fargo personal banker Sherri Walls said students spend their money predictably, the most going to rent, food and transportation.


Category Recommended % of Your Income
Rent 30%
Food 15%
Transportation 15%
Savings 15%
Clothing 10%
Entertainment 5%
Textbooks 5%
Utilities 5%