Work Smarter Not Harder: Is Having a Job as a Student Really That Smart?

Work Smarter Not Harder: Is Having a Job as a Student Really That Smart?

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Nicole Seemann, Proofreader

High school students have reached a point in their lives where opportunities and possibilities that were previously closed are finally opening up to them—more specifically, the chance to acquire a job—but what are the benefits and negatives of having a job on top of school life?

For starters, there are many pros to consider. From 2015 to 2016, the annual prices for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board were estimated to be $16,757 at public institutions, $43,065 at private nonprofit institutions and $23,776 at private for-profit institutions, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The cost for college is rising, and jobs can help students afford an expensive education.

Another aspect to be accounted for is the student’s character. “Having a job gives them life and learning skills,” said the Manager of Dunkin’ Donuts Michelle Arnott. Working can improve their sense of time management, confidence in themselves and independence. “[You] learn how to be responsible, and it prepares you for the real world,” said sophomore Isaac Agosto. These are all necessary skills adolescents will need later in life as they grow up.

Even employment has the benefit of teaching the value of money to teenagers. They are able to experience the hard work and energy needed to obtain money and how quickly that money can vanish with the prices of everything in this age.

Still, there are always two sides to a coin. One con to having a job is the effect it can have academically. Researchers have learned that students who work over 20 hours a week suffer from reduced academic performance, according to Walden University. It also causes stress and fatigue. Students may not have enough time to relax or wind down, hindering the concentration they display in school. “I think that if you overload yourself with too many hours, it will impact your school work, so I wouldn’t look into anything full time because I think it’d affect you negatively,” said Arnott.

Furthermore, the time and effort spent on a job can prevent adolescents from being able to experience a social life outside of their school or work atmosphere. Socialization provides multiple benefits to teenagers’ physical and mental health. In fact, this loss of socialization can create a sense of loneliness in an individual and can eventually lead to depression.

The lack of socialization is a factor that can instill a negative outlook on work. Working tedious jobs as a student can provide negative views about work, especially if the job doesn’t suit their interests.

When discussing the topic of high school jobs, there are many aspects to be considered, both positive and negative,. It’s up to each student to weigh their individual pros and cons when determining if pursuing employment while attending school is right for them