By Shannon Scandiffio, Nicholas Ayala and Gabriel Rabinowitz
OCT 26, 2016
Waking up in the morning and knowing that you don’t have to rush out to work is great, certainly that’s how most high school students feel. Statistics indicate that, in the United States, 16% of high school students are employed. At Saint Thomas Aquinas (STA), however, the statistics are a little different, 38.1% of the students have jobs.
There has been an ongoing debate about whether or not managing a job while attending school affects students’ academic performance. In a survey of STA sophomore, junior and senior students, 12.7% said it was very hard to manage a job while attending school and 7.5% of the students responded that it was “Not a problem”.
Having a job while being in school can look great on a college resume as long as students maintain good grades. In a teenlife.com article by Tracy Mogan, it was noted that one of the benefits of having a part-time job is improved self-esteem. Employment helps teens to feel accomplished and empowered, it also gives them a much broader perspective on life. Having a job at a young age helps teens mature faster so that when they are older and enter the real world it won’t be such a shock. When students make their own money, the items that they purchase become more valuable to them. Financial independence is the reward for their hard work and determination.
Teenlife.com also reported that students who work more than 20 hours a week might start abusing drugs and alcohol due to stress levels associated with managing studies and work. Of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes that responded to Raider Review’s surveyed, 11.2% indicated that they work more than 11 hours and 13.7% work only 1 to 5 hours per week. On the same survey, 26% reported that balancing homework and work does cause stress for them. Overall as long as time is well-managed students can successfully hold jobs and graduate school.