Hilbert Freshman’s Night Gig: Arena Change Over Crew


Andrew Wozniak is a busy guy.

The Hilbert College freshman not only attends classes full time, but he also works part time at the KeyBank Center in Downtown Buffalo. Wozniak’s job is to work with the change over staff, converting the event center into the set up it needs for any given event.

Since most of the events happen during the day, the only time the change over staff can do their job is at night.

While some event set ups can be completed before midnight other larger events can take all night to complete, sometimes ending at 6 a.m. Working all night and having to get up for a 9:30 a.m. class seems like something no college student would want to do. But Wozniak loves his job, he said.

“It can be challenging at times,” Wozniak said. “I don’t work these overnights too often. But when I work three of them in a row over the weekend and then go back to a normal school schedule it does mess with my sleep a little. But it’s manageable once I give it a few days and a lot of coffee.”

Wozniak said his arrangement with his boss helps him to balance his work and school schedules.

“They are very accommodating,” Wozniak said. “Once we got into a pattern where they knew if it was a weekday I wouldn’t be there past midnight, they would schedule me from 4 p.m. to midnight instead of 10pm to 4am.”


Like anything else, working part-time while going to school also has some challenges.

“Yeah the negative side is that it causes a lot of stress,” Wozniak said. “I’m worrying about getting my homework done and studying for tests. I’m usually able to keep up with everything though so the goods do usually out-weigh the bad.”

Working any part-time job while going to school full time has its ups and downs. For Wozniak it’s no different, he said.

“Being a college student working part-time has perks,” Wozniak said. “You get spending money, you can pay your own car insurance, phone bill, pay for gas.”


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