All in a day’s workPublished 11:01am Saturday, July 6, 2013
By Lynden Blake, Staff Writer
Alexander City college students move home during the summer for summer job opportunities that are offered.
While some use their money for material things, others use their earnings to pay for school and other college necessities.
Eddie Hill works as a counselor and lifeguard at Children’s Harbor camps all throughout the summer.
“Working at the camps at Children’s Harbor puts life in perspective,” said Hill. “It gives me the opportunity to help kids that do not have the same kind of life that I do.”
Hill said it is rewarding to know that he has helped someone as much as he could.
Hill is studying to be an engineer at Auburn University, and he said that being children with disabilities in wheelchairs and other movement-restricting equipment helps him think about ways to improve the quality of their equipment and improve their quality of life.
“Engineers have to develop and build things, so in a way my summer job plays into what I’m going to do in life,” said Hill.
The money he makes during the summer goes straight back to Auburn.
“I pay for everything except my mom’s cooking,” said Hill with a laugh.
He said this teaches him life lessons and money management.
“I like being responsible for myself,” said Hill.
In addition to working the camps, Hill works at Willow Point Country Club where he lifeguards as well.
Rachel Luckie is also a lifeguard at Willow Point Country Club during the summer. She has been working at Willow Point the past two summers.
“I like the responsibility that comes with lifeguarding, and I love meeting the new people that come to our pool each year,” said Luckie.
Luckie will be a sophomore at Auburn University in the fall, so this is her first summer moving back home after living on her own.
“This will probably be my last summer living at home due to school,” said Luckie. “It has been really good spending time with my family this summer and getting to catch up with old friends that do not go to the same school I do.”
Karlee Robinson moved back this summer from Mobile where she attends the University of South Alabama.
Robinson works at C & J Tech on an eight-hour shift Monday through Friday and sometimes Saturday.
“This job helps me with my communication skills as well as my work ethic. That will help me in the future as I pursue my degree in physical therapy,” said Robinson.
Robinson said her summer earnings will go toward books and other college expenses.
Besides spending time with her family, Robinson said the biggest advantage of moving back home is the lack of traffic.
“In Mobile I would have to leave for work 45 minutes to an hour earlier because of the traffic,” said Robinson. “In Alexander City I can leave my house about 15 minutes prior to when I have to be at work.”
When Robinson is not working she is taking a class at Central Alabama Community College.
Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ann Rye said she loves that college students choose to come back to Alexander City for their summer break.
“I think it is a huge plus anytime we can get our college students back to our community to enlighten us on all the new things and ideas they have been exposed to while away,” said Rye. “To have them working is also a bonus because they are building relationships with local businesses.”
Rye said having the students back provides a hospitality industry that attracts people to the community.