U of M students work to make ends meet with unconventional jobs

Students who work and go to school are often able to do it because of their class schedules. However, some students aren’t as lucky and have to find alternative measures such as working heavily on the weekends, or even working the graveyard shift.

These struggles are something that senior nursing students Bre’yocha Mays and Courtney Currie know all too well.


With a 12-17 hour of course load, plus clinical, labs, and other jobs, it is easy to see how a nursing student could get overwhelmed. Factor in a higher tuition cost because of an extra $500 in course fees and a $800 book/materials packet things can add up quickly.

Mays and Currie consider themselves lucky because they have scholarships that help out with some of the cost but their jobs are still needed. “Without this job, I would be lost in the sauce,” says Mays.

Mays and Currie are part of an elite program that is arguable one of the most challenging on campus. The Loewenberg College of Nursing is ranked 14th in the nation for online educations. They know that even though it’s a lot of hard work in the classroom what they get to do and see at work is helping them in the long run.

“I see heart surgery, brain surgery, dental procedures, and it helps me a lot with my confidence in my abilities,” Mays said.

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Jerrica James
Jerrica James is a senior broadcast journalism major at the University of Memphis. She has worked in various media outlets including The Daily Helmsman, Tiger News, Her Campus Media, and CollegeFashionista. Her roles have varied from reporter, editor, producer, anchor, and chyron operator. She currently works as a production assistant at Fox 13 Memphis where she runs the floor, graphics and assists in writing stories. She was named the Outstanding Broadcast Student of the Year for 2016 and received second place for the Lurene Kelley Video Story Award from the University of Memphis Journalism department.

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