King’s Students Find Interesting Jobs in the City


Love them or hate them, jobs are a part of life.  In the hub of New York City, we attend classes not for the sake of knowledge alone, but in order to propel us into roles within foundations and corporations of influence.  Yet not everyone is waiting until graduation before settling into a profession.  Here are a handful of King’s students who have taken their jobs to odd and interesting levels. This semester, Sean McElwee, a junior in the House of Reagan, is employed by John Stossel’s show with the Fox Business Network.  McElwee transcribes, writes blog posts, researches, and covers audience booking.  Over the past two years, managing school, leisure, and work has become easier for McElwee, who notes that he now reads books in the spare minutes of subway travel in order to squeeze more production into his day.

A student who is benefitting from work already done is Caroline Marceau, a transfer student in the House of Queen Elizabeth I.   Earlier this year, she completed a book titled Breaking Through Thick And Thin, which contains inspiration through poetry, short stories, and diary excerpts.  She wrote it to tell her tale of addictions and redemption to young women who are caught in a lifestyle that is without a loving, personal God.

“[Writing] was a big tool in my recovery, and God has a beautiful way of speaking through words, so I pray that He will use me in any way He wishes with my writing. I made a promise to Him after He saved me, that I would write for Him, forever.”

Grant Olson, a Churchill sophomore, is currently interning with the United Bank of Switzerland assisting in organizing assets, funds, and portfolios of “high” and “ultra-high” net-worth clients.

Splicing his time between working, captaining of the baseball team, and being on mock trial along with classwork has been tough, but in Olsen’s opinion, worth it for the benefit it will give his resume.

As a freshman, Jack Cuidon is just now adjusting to the city and the scarcity of time.  Regardless, with one part pleasure and one part professionalism, Cuidon finds time to lug his guitar from Ludlow to Central Park to preform for the masses.

“This is the first time I’ve done this,” Cuidon started with a grin, “here.”

Cuidon mentioned tentative plans to find other Kingsians to put on a little bigger of a show with him in parks and on sidewalks.

In contrast with this lighthearted hobby is Josiah Peterson, who told me his job is to “stalk dead people” as a forensic genealogist research assistant.

“More accurately, I find records of dead people to piece together family histories,” Peterson continued.

Peterson went on to explain that he helps track down heirs in order to settle the estates of those that are deceased and lack a will or immediate next of kin.  The job is flexible and leaves weekends free for church, homework and debate tournaments.

As a tip to the freshmen, Peterson added, “I recommend people don't wait around to ‘get settled’ before finding a job.  Why just get settled into a routine and then go and change it?  You may as well get all the adjusting over with at once, and besides, most of the good college-student-level jobs are taken a month into the first semester.”

Perhaps the variety and responsibility of the jobs among us speaks to the type of students here at King’s.  The leadership initiated by students themselves shows that already The King’s College has influenced them or that they came here ready to be changed all the more.