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Exploring student job opportunities on-campus

A library staff member works behind plastic shielding. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

TCU offers a number of opportunities for students to earn money or other benefits while keeping a college student’s bustling day in mind.

Committing to a job, even if it is part-time, can raise some concerns for students as most off-campus jobs can be time consuming.

Additionally, many jobs don’t revolve around the stresses that come with being a college student such as tests, quizzes, homework and club activities. Looking for a part-time job that gives enough wiggle room for a busy college student’s schedule can be challenging.

Students who are looking for a job can visit the Frog Jobs sector of the Handshake website to browse all of the available jobs that are posted sporadically by departments throughout the academic year.

Each department has its own timeline for posting on Handshake based on their individual needs, so students should check as often as they can.

“If you have a department you are interested in working for, you may contact them directly for information on their expected openings for next year,” said Celeste Lindell, MBA, the assistant director of employer development at TCU.

Some popular student jobs and their descriptions are listed below.

Residential Assistant

Kimball hangs helpful information with a cheerful twist for residents in Hays Hall. (Ryann Booth/TCU 360 Staff)

A residential assistant, or RA, is one of the first people to greet residents when they arrive on campus.

RAs are like the interior decorators of a house. They decorate the residential halls with uplifting posters and holiday-themed decorations, plan fun events for their residents to get to know each other and ensure the safety of all residents.

They help turn TCU from a college into a home. 

Some of an RA’s duties include room checks, weekly staff meetings and on-call rotations.

Janie Kimball, a senior speech language pathology major, is an RA in Hays Hall in Greek Village.

“The best parts about being an RA shine through really simple interactions,” said Kimball. “The RA role is relational and one that is really geared towards being a person who knows others, connects people to other people and empowers them to have the best possible experience at TCU.”

Click here to listen to Kimball’s favorite memory as an RA.

An RA’s compensation is not a weekly paycheck. RAs are compensated with a single room (based on availability) and a Market Square Membership or Ultimate Flex Meal Plan.

For more specific information about qualifications and eligibility, visit the Housing website.

Residential Desk Assistant 

TCU desk assistants are like the front desk receptionists of a hotel.

Egloff completes homework as she works her weekly shift at the Hays Hall front desk. (Ryann Booth/TCU 360)

They welcome residents with a smile every time someone enters the residence hall and help residents rent out any supplies they might need.

A desk assistant position is work-study eligible and allows for students to complete homework during their shift when no one needs assistance.

Olivia Egloff is a sophomore psychology and sociology major who works as a residential desk assistant in Hays Hall.

“My favorite thing about my job is definitely making friends with the residents,” said Egloff. “I also love being part of such a relaxed environment.”

She said she chose the job because she knew she could get homework done during her shifts.

Desk assistants are required to work a minimum of eight hours per week and receive a compensation of $8/hr during daytime hours (9:00 am – 12:00 am) and $9/hr during nighttime hours (12:00 am – 3:00 am).

For more specific information about qualifications and eligibility, visit their website.

Information Desk Assistant

An information desk assistant job is very similar to the residential desk assistant. 

They are responsible for greeting and providing informational assistance to students, faculty and guests within the information desks located at the Brown-Lupton University Union and King Family Commons Building.

This is another job that is work-study eligible.

An information desk assistant receives a compensation of $8.25/hr.

For more specific information about qualifications and eligibility, visit their website.

Rollin’ n Bowlin’ Blendista

Bayliss makes smoothie bowls for her healthy food-loving customers. (Ryann Booth/TCU 360)

Rollin’ n Bowlin’ is a restaurant located in the BLUU that offers healthy food options for students and promotes “healthy vibes.”

Blendistas are responsible for making and serving orders of açaí bowls, avocado toast and smoothies to customers.

Ellen Bayliss is a sophomore supply chain management and finance major who works at Rollin’ n Bowlin’ as a blendista.

“My favorite part about working for Rollin’ n Bollin’ is being able to see and talk to a lot of people while I work,” said Bayliss. “My friends come by and get smoothies quite often, so it’s fun to see them throughout the day.”

The application requires the submission of a resume and a class schedule so class and work are never a conflict.

A blendista receives a compensation of $8.25/hr.

Johnson shows off her TCU pride with a ‘Frogs up’ before her busy day of guided campus tours. (Photo courtesy of Felice Johnson)

Admissions Intern

Admissions interns are people who are passionate about their Frog pride and enthusiastic about their love for TCU.

They are in charge of guiding visitors, parents and potential Horned Frogs around campus and telling them all there is to know about TCU.

Felice Johnson is a sophomore nursing major who works as an admissions intern.

“My favorite thing about my job is sharing the pride and joy I feel being a part of the TCU community,” said Johnson. “I am so passionate about this school and all it entails, and I love to introduce it to prospective students and parents alike.”

Johnson said there is no greater gift than watching students find their home away from home.

“The admissions staff is a second family to me and they make going to work everyday a prize,” she said.

Positions are posted on Handshake as there is availability.

Peer Writing Consultant at the Writing Center 

Students who have a knack for English and grammar often work as peer writing consultants for the Writing Center. 

Peer consultants meet with students via Zoom for 30-minute appointments to read their papers and help improve their assignments. 

According to the Writing Center website, peer consultants work closely with senior staff to develop their repertoire of tutoring and writing skills and grow as young professionals.

For more information, visit their website

University Recreation Center Jobs

Many students on campus enjoy participating in intramural sports, working out in the weight room and utilizing the facilities in the University Recreation Center, such as the pool or the rock climbing wall.

The rec center offers a variety of jobs for students of many interests.

Jobs in the rec center that are specifically reserved for students include membership services, weight room monitor, front office, lifeguard, intramural official, climbing wall attendant, adventure trip program staff and accounting assistant.

Alondrah Vazquez is a first-year fashion merchandising major and part of the member services staff at the rec center.

The community at the rec center is very warm and welcoming, said Vazquez.

“Working at the rec allows me to build new connections and strengthen relationships with people across campus,” she said.

For more information, visit the rec center website.

TCU Athletics

Ruelas (top right) films for the TCU football team at their game against UT. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Ruelas)

When most people think about student involvement in TCU Athletics, they think about the student athletes.

However, there are many other students involved in TCU Athletics.

It takes many moving parts to make everything in the department function smoothly, so the Athletics Department hires several students to help out with the programs.

Student jobs in the Athletics Department include positions in academics, communications, facilities, football staff, football video, front desk, inside manager, laundry manager, on-field/on-court manager, marketing, sports nutrition, student-athlete development, tennis center, ticket office, video and weight room.

Daniel Ruelas is a sophomore business information systems and finance major who works for the football video team as a part of the film crew.

“Working for the Athletics Department makes me feel like I’m a part of something greater than myself,” said Ruelas. “I love helping the team improve with my film.”

Ruelas said the job also comes with many travel experiences he otherwise would not have taken part in.

The student worker application form can be found on their website.

TCU Phonathon Caller

A TCU Phonathon caller keeps alumni, parents and friends informed about the successes and updates of TCU and the Brite Divinity School.

Phonathon callers gain marketing, customer service and persuasive communication skills by working for the Phonathon program.

They are responsible for establishing relationships with alumni, raising support for TCU, negotiating philanthropic abilities, troubleshooting concerns and performing minor clerical duties.

Cali Bradsher is a speech pathology major from Minneapolis, Minnesota who works as a Phonathon caller.

“When I was looking for a job on campus, I wanted to find one that would give me some customer service experience,” said Bradsher. “I would have to say that this is my favorite part about working at the Calling Center.” 

The Calling Center is part of the Office of Loyalty Giving located on the first floor of Sadler Hall, and the compensation is $8/hour with a minimum of 8 work hours per week.

The student worker application form can be found on the university advancement website.

TCU Campus Store

Working for the TCU Campus Store is not directly through TCU, but it is still technically on campus.

Students have the option of being a team member or barista at the Starbucks in the store. Team members work to ensure excellent customer service to both students and shoppers.

Starbucks baristas are in charge of taking and making food and drink orders for customers.

Contact the TCU Campus Store for more information.

TCU Pilot Tutoring Initiative

Peer tutors help students identify specific challenges, establish new ways to address them and provide feedback about their progress.

All peer tutors must complete a 10-hour training program in accordance with the requirements of the College Reading and Learning Association certification program.

Claire Marie Papac is a sophomore strategic communications and modern language studies major who works as a French peer tutor.

“I chose the job because I love the language and want to help others understand French, have more confidence in their bilingual abilities and enjoy speaking it,” said Papac. 

Students should contact the dean of the college in which they wish to be a peer tutor if they are interested.

Froggie 5-0 Driver

Froggie 5-0 is a student safety escort service that provides safe rides on golf carts to members of the TCU community who are injured or do not feel safe walking through parts of campus.

Rides operate between 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

Omega Stallworth is a senior health and fitness major and has worked as a Froggie 5-0 driver for the past four years.

“This job is one of the best on this campus because we get to serve the students directly and provide them with safe transportation to their destination,” said Stallworth.

Students can apply for this position on the Handshake website or by picking up an application at the TCU Police Station on Lubbock Ave.

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