One At Marquette: Arica VanBoxtel
Three jobs means one full schedule for College of Communication junior Arica VanBoxtel. Vice president of communications for Marquette University Student Government, a resident assistant in McCabe Hall and the student manager of Brooks Lounge in the Alumni Memorial Union, VanBoxtel spends her days in a chaotic blur. "I like being in a leadership position," VanBoxtel said. In one week she organized an event, worked three jobs and accomplished a personal goal.
Her personal goal: completing the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. Training took up the majority of her time in the months leading to the race. "In the summer it was great training for my marathon and it was great that it worked out that way because that was when my highest mileage was," VanBoxtel said. "But then once the school year started it was kind of a struggle."
Running to raise money, VanBoxtel contributed to the Stephanie Wittman Memorial Scholarship – which she received in high school – through donations from family, friends and supporters. She surpassed her goal of $2,500, raising a total of $4,550 she said. VanBoxtel also created a website and training blog, Every Mile A Memory, to help build awareness for why she was spending her hours running.
The perks of working these university jobs include free room-and-board along with a nice office MUSG's office. The downfalls: scheduling her day by the hour. She works in Brooks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, goes into MUSG and finishes with volunteering on Wednesday. Time for homework, is the least of her worries with this schedule, and has been put on the back-burner.
"Sleep on average I've improved a lot from the beginning of the year," VanBoxtel said. "Beginning of the year it was about three hours a night but now I get about five, which is pretty good if you ask me."