FlipSide Face

by Mark Pleiss

Sophomore Andy Schmidt is a working man among working boys. He tends to three jobs a week, along with an 18-credit class load.

“My Fridays are just ridiculous,” Schmidt said. “Last Friday, I had class at 8 and 9 a.m. Then, I went to the movie theater from 10 to 12:45. After that, I had my econ class at 1. Then I went back to work from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Finally, once that was all I done, I headed to the Storm Cellar where I did deliveries from 9:15 to 1:00 a.m.”

Schmidt works full-time as the manager of the Indianola Paramount Theater. He does part-time work for his mother, Vicki Schmidt, who owns the Victorian Cottage Shoppe and also finds time to do marketing and make deliveries for the Storm Cellar.

“It all just gives me something to do,” Schmidt said. “I have to help pay for some student loans, so I need the money. Plus, I kind of have expensive taste, especially on the weekends.”

Schmidt, son of Assistant Professor of Management Thomas Schmidt, transferred here last year from St. Louis University for personal and financial reasons. The marketing and corporate communications major said having his major in the same department his dad teaches in can be trying at times.

“My dad called me last week and told me he found out through the Simpson grapevine that I didn’t go to class,” Schmidt said. “I can’t miss a class without him finding out 10 minutes later. Plus, my adviser’s office is right down the hall from my dad’s, so he’ll get my grades pretty early too.”

Schmidt said he keeps it all under control by keeping his classes early and his studies later, all while finding time to relax and have fun.

“The best nights of my life are the ones where I sit bored off my ass, doing nothing,” Schmidt said.