Working for a Living Umass dining halls a popular destination for students looking for a job

Over 29,000 students call UMass Amherst home and of those 29,000, just about all of them consume food. While some off-campus options attract hungry students, most people fill their stomachs on-campus in the four dining commons or at the famous “Blue Wall” dining facility in the Campus Center.

As a result, many employees work at these halls to keep up with the demanding schedule of feeding thousands of students every day. The ironic part is that the majority of people who work at these places are actually students themselves. Other than managers and a handful of part-time adults on duty, almost all of the workers one would see if they went to one of these dining commons is students.

Inside view of Franklin Dining Commons

Working at a dining hall is a popular choice for students because since there are so many spots to fill at any of the facilities, it’s just about a guarantee that they’ll be looking for new hires at any time.

Junior Henry Brechter works at the Berkshire Dining Commons, the most popular of the four, in the Southwest Residential Area.

“It’s tough but you got to do what you got to do,” Brechter said about working at Berkshire. “Basically it’s weekend money for me and that’s fine.”

Fork at Franklin Dining Commons

With tuition and fees increasing 4.9 percent over the summer, some students were put in a tough spot and taking a job on campus was a must.

“I had to get a job,” Greta Wilinsky, a freshman that works at Franklin Dining Commons in the Central Residential Area said. “If I wanted any spending money at all I needed a job so I applied [at Franklin] and they hired me. Plus I save some of it too to pay off bills. This job was a lifesaver.”

Walkway outside Franklin Dining Commons

With UMass dining being ranked No. 1 in the country by the Princeton Review this past fall, it’s a lock that the various dining halls scattered throughout campus will be filled to the brim with students looking for a good meal.

But don’t forget about the students that keep these facilities operating like a well-oiled machine while also trying to earn a living at the same time.

Entrance to Franklin Dining Commons

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