Sarah is my Special Events’ classmate, we talked about works and internships during the short break about 2 weeks ago. While Sarah will never know that this short casual talk made great influences on my life.
Sarah told me that since this is her last semester, she took 4 classes, 1 paid internship and 1 unpaid internship. Which means everyday she wakes up, there is a lot of works waiting for her to do. And I saw her taking fast-food at coffee shop and catching subway to office just after class, without any rest. Meanwhile she learnt a lot from these internships, for example, she contributed more professional ideas and became the group leader on our class — she develops herself fast.
I’m a new student who just came to New York for more than 1 month, without any American social identity. International students officer told me that the regulations for new international student are, we CANNOT take any on or off campus jobs at the very first semester because we don’t have the SSN, we CAN take on-campus jobs at the second semester, but it depends on our GPA and the native English speaker competitors, also the on-campus employments for graduate students are few.
Sounds like I’m hopeless to get any jobs at the first semester, but I’m the girl who will never give up.
After talking with school officers and my adviser as well as scanning a lot of information on internet, I knew that the first thing I should do is finding an on-campus job and persuading the doctor or professor who I work for to help me get the SSN.
But how could I make it ?
I targeted my professors and adviser as the people who can offer me information or job opportunities directly, and waited the proper time to talk with them in details. The good thing is that they appreciated my active participation on classes and encouraged me to keep moving on, the bad thing is that they cannot help me cause I don’t have the SSN.
I started to ask help from Career Service Office, they told me they aren’t responsible to graduate student job, but they taught me how to search job information on school website. I did search it, there were only 2 on-campus jobs for graduate students, but both of them require GPA. Unfortunately, as a new student, I didn’t have GPA.
Should I give up? Of course not
I targeted my adviser as the last person who can offer me help, cause as the specialist against students affair, she must be informed about on-campus employments which are looking for qualified students. Then I visited my adviser at least 2 times per week, to talk about study and kept asking job. But I still got nothing.
Should I give up? Maybe……
When I was extremely upset, my adviser gave me a piece of information about an on-campus employment but she was not sure that could I be hired or not, cause they had very high requirements. Then I spent a whole night to create my resume and rush into the Career Service Office in the early morning, to ask them perfecting my resume. After I got my new resume, I went to the interview straightly.
when I was just done with the interview, one of my friends call me to attend an internship interview of a media platform, then I run to the interview without being late.
Now I’m a full-time student with 1 paid on-campus job and 1 unpaid internship, and both of my employers are helping me to get the SSN.
I’m lucky, but far more than lucky, because I tried hard.
One of my favorite actress, Maggie.Q said: I will never let anything block my way, even its my hair in front of eyes.