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.