14 07, 2021

A Day in the Life of a College Student – Q&A with Matthew Warden

By |2021-08-03T03:50:52-05:00July 14th, 2021|college students, college tips|Comments Off on A Day in the Life of a College Student – Q&A with Matthew Warden

It’s no secret that college students are extremely busy. Between classes, tests and homework, students must have proper time management habits in order to balance it all. Not to mention that the social aspect of college life full of extracurricular activities, clubs and spending time with friends leaves students with even more to juggle.

Some students even chose to work a job or internship while in school in order to earn money or gain work experience in their desired career field. To give you some insight into what it’s like to hold an internship while attending school as a full-time student, I asked Baylor alumnus and Campus Crates head Baylor manager Matthew Warden how he managed to attain a healthy work-life balance.

Q&A with Matthew Warden, Baylor Campus Crates Manager

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Matthew Warden, and I grew up in Torrance, CA, a small suburb outside of Los Angeles. Coming to Baylor was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I just recently graduated as a Finance and Entrepreneurship student, and I have a full-time job lined up with AT&T as a financial analyst.

Q: What activities were you involved with during your time at Baylor?

During my time at Baylor, I was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity on campus. One of their philanthropy opportunities is called The Ability Experience, which essentially allows us to work directly with people with special needs in the community and the Special Olympics to provide services to them. For me personally, it kind of speaks to me directly because my sister is Autistic, so I was able to serve something I know pretty well.

Other activities I was involved with included the Phillip M. Dorr Endowment Fund in the business school. The investment fund was endowed to Baylor back in 2001 with about $1 million that now has $12 million. I was a student analyst on a panel in this organization where I was involved in decisions such as what to hold, what to buy, what to sell. I was also in the Professional Development program that puts on events for speakers and hosts different events for student’s professional education.

Q: Can you tell us about your role with Campus Crates?

I didn’t expect Campus Crates to be in my life as long as it has been, but I’m really grateful that it has been. I started interning with Campus Crates in Jan. of 2019. My first year I was tasked with being a storage co-intern with Matt Burton, to run all aspects of the operations including marketing, sales, customer service, logistics and even short term business planning. My first year was challenging but I was able to learn the ropes of the different aspects of Campus Crates.

The following year, I was promoted to the head Baylor storage manager position where I was able to oversee a team of three people and our movers as well. I laid out goals and created timelines with what we needed to do and how we were going to get there. We run a very meticulous ship; for example when we have to move out 200 people in three days, we have to conduct business in a very timely manner. I also helped navigate the team through the COVID crisis, where we actually had record sales.

I then came back for a third year, where I was able to oversee a five-person Baylor team as well as help lead new interns at our expansion schools, The University of Texas and Texas Christian University.

Q: What does a weekly routine look like during the school year while also working Campus Crates? How are you able to divide up your time?

Time management really came to me situationally. When I had a lot of things to do, I was forced to learn to manage my time. I like to compartmentalize different tasks and complete things one step at a time. During online school especially, I would block off certain days during the week where I would just focus on school, allowing time for homework and Campus Crates. It was my job to hold weekly meetings with the Campus Crates team to go over what needed to be done that week, and see which team members had heavier school loads that week to divide the work up accordingly. I would intertwine my Campus Crates responsibilities with my school work for the week, establish deadlines and plan out my weeks in advance.

Q: How important is time management when balancing life as a student, extracurriculars and an internship all at the same time?

Time management is everything. For me, I have a lot of things to do and it’s important to not get stressed. I plan things out ahead of time so things don’t creep up on you. I try to get my school work done ahead of time, so when something with my internship comes up at the last minute, I have the bandwidth to switch gears. Additionally, I aim to hold myself accountable to get things done ahead of time, so that I can be flexible with my time if I need to. 

Some people think that the best way to manage time is to make your schedule very rigid with exactly how many hours you are going to work on a specific thing. In reality, life is very unpredictable. I also make a checklist for each day several days out, and cross things off as I go to help myself keep track of what needs to be accomplished.

Q: What is the hardest part about having an internship while balancing school and social life?

The hardest part is realizing that not only do you have a responsibility to the business and your co-workers, but to the customers that we serve as well. In other words, if I wasn’t properly time managing and available to work, those customers wouldn’t be serviced. I sometimes would have to sacrifice my social time to devote myself to this responsibility. You have to accept that there are other people counting on you.

Q: What is your favorite part about your Campus Crates internship?

My favorite thing about my experience with Campus Crates is that it’s so multifaceted. It’s good to feel that you’re working for a company that not only employs your peers, but also provides a service to your peers. Throughout my internship I know that I made some of my fellow Baylor student’s lives easier, while also getting some great business experience that will stay with me the rest of my career. It meshed so well with my college experience.

15 06, 2021

6 Ways to Earn Money this Summer

By |2021-08-03T03:58:42-05:00June 15th, 2021|college students, college tips, summer break|Comments Off on 6 Ways to Earn Money this Summer

School is out for the summer and it’s the perfect time to earn a little extra cash. Many college students don’t realize that there are many unique opportunities to earn money without even leaving the house. Whether you are looking for something full-time, or to piece together several part-time opportunities, here are a few ways to make good money this summer.

1. Summer job/internship

Perhaps the most traditional suggestion is to apply for a summer job or internship. A summer job could include seasonal retail positions, nannying, lifeguarding or waitering just to name a few. The summertime is also a perfect time to apply to internships that can help you build up your resume. Gaining experience in your desired field can better your chances at future jobs, and many internships offer pay as well! 

2. Become a Doordasher

An industry that experienced a dramatic increase during the pandemic was food delivery services. Apps like Doordash, Uber Eats and Grubhub became household names this past year. You can apply to be a driver on these food delivery apps and earn easy money just by picking up and delivering food. You also have the flexibility to work as much or little as you desire.

3. Tutoring

Even if school is not in session, many kids use the summer to catch up on school or even start working ahead. Find a subject you excel in and become a summer tutor to help others master that subject. There is always a demand for tutors at all education levels. You can even successfully tutor via Zoom from home. Tutoring also gives you great leadership, teaching and interpersonal communication practice.

4. Participate in online surveys

One of the easiest ways to earn fast money is by sharing your opinion online via questionnaires and surveys. Companies are willing to pay users to provide insight into their products and services. Participating in online surveys is simple, convenient and available for anyone to do at their fingertips.

5. Sell your old clothes and furniture

Spring cleaning means getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. The digital age has created opportunities to buy and sell things that traditionally would have been done in person at a yardsale. Facebook marketplace is the perfect platform to sell furniture you are looking to get rid of while making good money in the process. There are clothing apps such as Poshmark and Depop that allow users to post clothes for sale. Using these types of online selling tools can help you clean out your house while also pocketing a bit of extra cash!

6. Start a small business

Typically, the summertime is a less stressful and busy time of year. The hustle and bustle of the college course load often doesn’t leave students with much freetime. Take advantage of summer break and work on something you are passionate about. For example, if you want to start a photography business but you have been too busy to work on it, use the summer to build your portfolio, network and improve your photography skills. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the summertime is the perfect time to take a leap of faith to start your own business.

19 05, 2021

Top Summer Vacation Spots

By |2021-08-03T04:03:45-05:00May 19th, 2021|college students, summer break|Comments Off on Top Summer Vacation Spots

Summer vacation is the perfect time to blow off some steam. After a semester full of quizzes, exams, and other academic priorities, it is time to sit back and have a relaxing time with friends and family. Traveling is always a go-to for the summer, and the amount of places to discover is endless. Although it may be difficult to travel this summer due to Covid, we love to be optimistic and at the very least you may finally have time to start planning a trip for 2022!

Top Summer Vacation Spots

1. Switzerland

Switzerland has countless activities and sceneries that you don’t want to miss out on. Switzerland is divided into three regions, all full of their own unique cultural diversity and traditions. Whether you choose to ski in the snow, hike up a mountain, or just enjoy the food, you are in for a treat! Not only will you get to experience a breathtaking view, but you will also get to witness the beauty of Switzerland’s history and culture.

2. Bora Bora

If you’re looking to venture out into exquisite nature, Bora Bora is the place to go. French Polynesia fosters a beautiful and engaging environment, and Bora Bora stands tall amongst it all. This small island, which is just 6 miles long, consists of a topical jungle that flows into a blissful lagoon. If you’re looking for raw nature, warm weather, and a place to just relax, Bora Bora is definitely a place you want to check out.

3. Tokyo

Filled with crowded streets, subway trains, and blinding lights, Tokyo’s environment is never dull. Not only does this city have fascinating architecture and delicious foods and treats, but it is also the home of anime, a very popular genre. Tokyo is also home for many technological developments and famous landmarks, including Mount Fuji, Shibuya Crossing, and the Tokyo Skytree. If you’re looking for a busy city where the fun never ends, Tokyo is the place to go.

4. Rome

One thing you should know that’s absolutely stunning about Rome is its culture. Also known as the “Eternal City,” Rome is a place that contains a lot of history many of us know about; this includes the eras of Octavian, Julius Caesar, Hadrian, and many more. If you are passionate about arts and architecture, Rome has churches and museums that have been around for probably longer than you have lived! Also, if you’re looking for some classic gelato and unique restaurants, Rome would exceed your expectations.

5. Barcelona

This action-packed city has a spectacular ambiance; many people come into Barcelona thinking they’ll be here for only a few days, but they end up staying here for over a week! Its cosmopolitan city has engaging architecture and churches that you just can’t get enough of. Barcelona’s night clubs offer a fun and adventurous time. Additionally, the city also has a beautiful and relaxing beach. Whether you’re a culture fan, explorer, or partier, Barcelona has something everyone will enjoy.

6. New York City

New ideas crowd the streets of New York City and corporations stretch every corner, giving rise to the global hub of business and commerce. Not only is this city a popular tourist attraction, it also inhales entrepreneurial creativity and exhales future leaders of the world. Also known as the “city that never sleeps”, New York City has a very diverse population, so you’re bound to meet someone new and interesting. NYC also has an amazing theatrical presence with the many popular Broadways shows and productions. If you’re looking for the city that never sleeps, New York City is the key!

21 04, 2021

5 Packing Tips for a Smooth Move Out

By |2021-08-03T04:11:29-05:00April 21st, 2021|college students, college tips, move out, storage, summer break|Comments Off on 5 Packing Tips for a Smooth Move Out

Move-out is around the corner. It can be overwhelming to people who have never moved before and don’t even know where to start in the process. Add in the joy of final exams and you’re in for a busy week! Here are 5 easy tips to help your move-out experience go as smooth as possible.

1. Start Early

Procrastination is real. With so much going on at the end of the school year, it can be easy to put off packing to the last minute. Start packing up your room in small pieces. Begin with packing non-essential decorations, and gradually keep packing over the course of several days to help ease the stress. 

2. Be Careful With Fragile Items

Items such as electronics, glass and photo frames just to name a few, require special care. It’s better to be safe than sorry when you are packing fragile items in boxes. Wrap delicate items in bubble wrap to ensure smooth transport. If there is additional room in the box, fill the box with packing peanuts to eliminate shifting. Taking the extra step to secure your fragile items will help your items stay in perfect condition.

3. Pack “Like” Items Together and Label

In order to maximize space, pack similar items in the same box. Pack all t-shirts together; the same for shoes, kitchenware, and so forth! This will also help you find things as you unpack boxes to ultimately save you time in the long run to avoid digging through boxes to find what you need. When you label your boxes, it’s even easier.

4. Don’t Stuff Boxes

It may seem logical to try to fit as much as possible into your moving boxes. But in reality, stuffing boxes makes them heavier and more difficult to move. Not to mention, over-packing can potentially cause the box to tear. Instead of jam-packing as many clothes as possible into a box, allow some breathing room and use an additional box. With Campus Crates, you get free boxes included in your summer storage price no matter how many boxes you require.

5. Make Sure All Boxes Are Secure

It is important to make sure your boxes are taped and assembled properly. It is not enough to just fold your box flaps over, in case the box may tip over and expose the contents of the box. Securely tape the top and bottom of your boxes to make sure everything is moved and stored in one piece.

By implementing these tips, you’ll be on your way to a smooth move and ready to enjoy that summer vacation! Best of luck to all college students on finals!