Having a job in high school is different for everybody. For some, it may be overwhelming, exhausting, and may affect your performance in school. For others, having a job is amazing. You get a taste of the real world and you get money for doing your work.
Let’s see where our NHHS students work, how many hours they work, and if having a job affects them in and out of school.
Sophomore Destiney Quick commented, “I work at Save-A-Lot and I work 8+ hours in a week. Sometimes I fall asleep later than usual because of homework and house chores that I still have to do, which then causes me to be more tired at school. This makes it hard to focus at times, especially if I have gym that day.”
“I work at Panera and New Haven Vet Clinic, and I work 20-25 hours in a week. Most of the time I'm able to balance everything pretty well, but on the nights I have to close at Panera, I find myself struggling to go to bed before 12 a.m. because of homework, which can be very annoying,” senior Addison Tolar mentioned.
“I work at New Haven Care Center and work 15-20 hours in a week. I still have almost all A's, but I don't go to bed before 12:30-1:00 every morning and have to be up by 5:00 every morning. I also manage all three volleyball teams so I only have one day off from work and volleyball. While it can be very stressful, I still like working because I'm always doing something,” replied junior Chloe Lueckenhoff.
Senior Samuel Penning answered, “I work at Save-A-Lot and I work 12-20 hours a week. I get less sleep, due to having homework afterwards.”
Senior Johnna Bloch said, “I work at Backes and Toelke and I work 14 hours a week. I have not had a problem with my job affecting me in school.”
“I work at Williams Brother Meat Company and I work 17-20 hours in a week. I don’t really know if my job has affected me in school,” mentioned senior Austin Yochim.
“I work at Pin Oak Farm and I work 48 hours a week. With having this job, it leaves me by myself and nobody bothers me,” replied sophomore Trevor Blankenship.
Senior Lexy Sidwell mentioned, “I work at New Haven Ice Cream Shoppe and I work 10-20 hours a week. I have to plan out a week ahead and be very productive all the time. It has left me with less sleep occasionally, but I try to make sure I complete everything before a shift.”
Looks like our NHHS students have varying experiences when it comes to after-school jobs. What’s your after-school job?