So what are some things you did as a poor college student for extra money? What kind of jobs did you do? Anything you remember as being particularly worthwhile and fun? How did you get through college without just borrowing like it was going out of style?
So, here I am in Orange County, California. I hate this place, and I have a dislike for Los Angeles that borders on mild to strong. Traffic, smog, no mass transit... Dreadful.
So, I'll be heading back to New Jersey for a week. Then I'm headed to Georgia to take a month long internship building experimental, sustainable housing with Earthship Biotecture. Earthship Biotecture was founded by Mike Reynolds, and a year ago in Environmental Science I learned about him and his firm (which does lots of projects in third world countries, for instance they just went to Haiti to help build permanent housing to help people displaced by the earthquake). Upon learning about these projects I gained a huge interest in architecture, and it's what spurred me to study it. So this is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
At this stage, I'm not sure if I want to stay strictly with architecture, or if I'd rather go the Urban Planning route, but I've got time to decide. After I'm done with this build, I plan on applying to Rutgers and NJIT to finish my undergrad for either of these subjects. And while I'm doing undergrad, I'd like to study abroad.
A friend of mine recently studied in South America for nine months with the School for International Training's study abroad program. They have a program for Sustainability and Environmental Action in Australia which I would love to take advantage of, as environmental issues have a higher profile in Australia because of their lack of water and susceptibility to changes in weather patterns (their climate is governed almost exclusively by El Niño as opposed to actual seaons). As their sociopolitical climate is somewhat similar to ours, many solutions pioneered in Australia could be readily transplanted to the United States. The semester abroad is about $20,000, and I want to start saving up as much money as I can now, so that I have to borrow as little as humanly possible when it comes time to pay.
So, what kind of stuff did you do for money when you were in college?