On campus: The true life of a working student
Special to The Union
Seven hours of school in addition to six hours of work, plus the recommended eight hours of sleep leaves just three hours left in a day for transportation, meals, hygiene, homework, exercise and other necessary aspects of a daily routine.
This is the hectic truth many high school students with jobs are faced with daily, leaving sports, social activities and relaxing almost completely out of the question.
Compromising essential things like sleep and social activities is a necessary sacrifice many teens are making. Others choose to prioritize differently. It is a struggle that can either help them or hurt them.
Some students find themselves cracking under pressure. The stress gets the best of them, while their grades slip away and school attendance drops.
Some feel that making money and having a real job is much more important than sitting in a classroom all day learning irrelevant things.
Though their futures may be greatly affected, receiving a paycheck is a priority over receiving decent grades in some students’ minds.
On the other hand, having a job instills an incredibly hard work ethic in other teens.
Some are able to find a balance between high school requirements and the responsibilities of being employed.
Though their schedules may be tight, this allows them to see the struggles of the real world.
When one only has a few spare hours in the day, time management skills are quickly acquired. This useful skill comes in handy throughout life.
It is like getting a free life lesson, resulting in some extra cash in his or her pocket.
Having a job can also be a rewarding experience.
Taking a small portion of the financial burden off of one’s parents provides a sense of independence for a teenager.
It is one of the first steps of becoming an adult and relying on yourself instead of mommy and daddy.
At such a pivotal time in a teenager’s life, joining the workforce as one transitions to adulthood adds stress, limits free time, and may cut into the recommended amount of sleep.
However, it provides a sense of independence, teaches responsibility, and prepares one for life after high school.
Whether the experience is taken as a positive or negative one fluctuates from case to case; regardless, it can help define what type of person results as the years will go by, teenagers turn into adults, and the next generation becomes the future.
Shelby Angus is a senior at Bear River High School.
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