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Are Highschool Students and Jobs a Recipe for Disaster?

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Woodrow Wilson High School students have the opportunity to gain work experience through programs at the Academy of Careers and Technology.

It’s happened to everyone, you’re out with mom and dad, and all of a sudden you see something you know you can’t live without! However, no matter how much you complain and beg, your parents just won’t budge. You want money to buy things but, as a high school student should you really have a job? 

A study conducted by the census confirmed that students who participated in part-time employment actually had a higher GPA, a better sense of time management, a stronger work ethic, and a higher understanding of responsibility than those who didn’t. In addition, 83% of colleges agreed that they are more accepting of students who are employed. Not only can high school employment help you now and with future education but also future career choices. Starting now is the perfect way to build up your work background and a list of references. 

Anonymously sharing her testimony of work a fellow student shared why she loved her job, “It taught me how to budget even when I didn’t have ‘fixed payment,’ made me way more appreciative of the things I had and how hard my parents worked for them, increased how much I sleep, and who doesn’t love a good old check?” 

Why part-time jobs come with many benefits for students they also come with many challenges. Both time management and organization will be skills needed to successfully partake in the workforce. They will also be needed in order to keep up grades, a social life, and participate in extracurricular activities. A balance of these is important to the academic and mental health of a student.

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Participating in employment as a highschooler is a choice with no wrong answer. It can take away many opportunities and open some as well. There are many things you can learn from a job but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn those things through a different path. 

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Landon Skeens
Landon Skeens, Editor-Chief
A current junior at Woodrow Wilson High School, Landon Skeens serves as Editor of the Eagle Dispatch. Throughout his time at the school, he has enjoyed many extracurriculars: drama club, theatre, newspaper, band, and chorus. However, the arts have always remained a constant in his life. During moments of freedom, Landon can be found reading psychological thrillers or classic works of literature. If you ever need to find him, don't worry just look for an iced coffee-filled Stanley. "Writing is tremendously important to me. It is not only an expression of myself but a physical manifestation of years of work, slowly improving my craft. The written has much power, influencing the reader’s perspective of topics.”
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