Claire Donovan Position: Host/Cashier Years in the industry: 6 Brasa Premium Rotisserie, St. Paul Working while going to school can be stressful and a lot to handle. You really have to learn how to manage your money and time, but it helps you focus on the quality of life you want to have. One way that my school came into my work life was I took ASL classes at MCTC and used it in some service experiences I've had.
Austen Hartke Position: Baker Years in the industry: 10 Brake Bread, St. Paul I figured out a way to balance myself by basing my school schedule on when I worked and vice versa. Because I’m an introvert, after doing table service for hours I would be peopled-out. That can make it hard to engage in class when I'm out of it.
Ryan Sarno Position: Assistant manager Years in the industry: 15 Vicinity Coffee, Minneapolis I've balanced restaurant work with school ever since I was 15. I had to take over a lot of responsibility and working in an adult environment like a kitchen made me feel pretty cool. I think that working in a restaurant while you're in school teaches you a lot of key parts of professional speed and efficiency that you don't always learn in academia. The demand for efficiency and producing translates into working hard in your school life but your daily life, too.
Connor Lowen Position: Front of house Years in the industry: 5 La La Homemade Ice Cream Minneapolis It helps when you're younger learning to be in charge and organized as much as possible. It was a big step going on from high school to my freshman year of college—trying to make rent was the hardest part.
Melanie Schmidt Position: Front of house Years in the industry: 4 J. Selby's, St. Paul Working at a restaurant while going to school was very beneficial. The tip money was great and the hours were flexible and most of my college friends were people I met working in the restaurant. In fact, I missed it so much after finishing school and getting another job that I got back into it!