Dear Expie,

I’m trying to find a job for the spring semester to earn a little extra money while I’m in school. Obviously, the pandemic makes the job search even harder than usual. Any tips?

Broke in Bozeman

Dear Broke,

It’s always tough to find a job while you’re in school, especially one that works with your academic schedule. MSU has a website called hireabobcat.com, where MSU students can find jobs on and off campus. If you register for an account on this website, you’ll be able to find a wide range of employment, and you’re sure to find something that fits well with your personal and professional goals and schedule.

If you’re looking for something that’s a little more suited to your degree, reach out to your department and ask if they have any internships or jobs available to students. Many departments will have research or administrative positions open to students that can help you build your resume and earn a little cash at the same time. 

Finally, explore resources like career fairs. The next MSU career fair is virtual and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Here’s the link to register: http://www.montana.edu/aycss/careers/events/career-fairs-and-events.html

Dear Expie,

I’ve been struggling to keep up good communication with my friends lately. I have friends who live in different cities than me, and I haven’t been able to see them in person in ages. I feel like when I reach out, they don’t answer often, and I’m not sure how to keep up a friendship virtually. Please assist!

Fearful Friend

Dear Fearful,

Online communication is almost always a little rougher than in-person. You have to worry about awkward pauses in text conversations, your Snaps being left on read and lag over video chat. It’s not your fault that you’re struggling to keep up! 

Reach out to your friends and tell them how you’re feeling. Chances are that they feel the same way. Text conversations are great, but sometimes you need a little more than that. Take a shot at setting up a weekly phone call, video chat or movie night to spend some one-on-one time with them. Stay involved in their lives, even if it feels difficult. 

Someday soon, we’ll all be able to spend more time in-person with our loved ones again. Until then, stay safe and stay kind.