Have you ever had to balance school and work? Many people do. Some students have to get jobs so that they can afford to get a car and pay for gas and insurance. Students may also get jobs because they want to save up to go on Senior Trip or get a prom dress.
Grace Allgaier, junior, used to work at Seitter’s. While there, Grace mostly worked as a cashier, but also worked as a rover to help unload trucks.
The amount of hours that she worked depended on what sports she was participating in at the time. According to Grace, if she wasn’t participating in an after-school activity, she was working twenty-five or more hours per week. However, if she was busier with school, she would only work about seven hours a week.
When Grace was asked what the hardest thing about balancing work and school was, she answered, “The hardest part was making sure I got all my homework done on time, and it was very hard finding the time I needed to study.”
According to her, she got about five to six hours of sleep each night while working. But Grace liked having a job because she felt more responsible and was able to save money for college.
Callie Weatherly, senior, works at Subway and the Colony House. At Subway, Callie works as a sandwich artist, and is a waitress at the Colony House.
Callie says she works about eighteen hours or more a week at Subway and at least sixteen at the Colony House. According to Callie, the hardest part of balancing work and school is also time management, like being able to get homework and other responsibilities done.
When asked how many hours of sleep she gets per week, Callie replied, “Depending on my [work] hours and amount of homework, I get anywhere between 4 to 7 hours of sleep each night.”
Callie’s favorite thing about her job at the Colony House is that they are all like family.
Paige Remillard, junior, also works at Subway. Her job is making sandwiches. When asked the hardest part of balancing work and school, Paige replied, “Being able to do homework, shower, and getting your job done right.”
Paige’s favorite thing about Subway is her friendship with the other employees.
Kamryn Poe, senior, works at Seitter’s and does several different jobs. For instance, some things that she manages are the deli, bakery, cash register, rover, meat department, and catering.
Kamryn works twenty hours or more per week during most of the school year. However during softball season, she works about twelve hours. Kamryn gets about seven to eight hours of sleep.
Kamryn commented, “The hardest part about balancing work and school is making sure my schedules line up.” According to Kamryn her favorite part of working is the environment.
Allie Young, senior, works at McDonald’s. When working, Allie cleans the windows, works the head set and counter, and makes specialty drinks. Allie works about ten hours per week. According to her, the hardest part of balancing work and school is not having enough time for homework. Allie gets an average of seven hours of sleep per night.
Her favorite part of working is “the people I meet while working that become my friends.”
Whether you are in high school or college, you have probably had to balance school and work. This is a difficult task, but it is also worth it. Good luck to the students who do this task every day!