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Students manage jobs as well as schoolwork

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Students manage jobs as well as schoolwork

Senior Seth Cahill places turkey slices in a sandwich. Having worked at Subway for a month, he has already adjusted to the changes in his schedule.

Senior Seth Cahill places turkey slices in a sandwich. Having worked at Subway for a month, he has already adjusted to the changes in his schedule.

Senior Seth Cahill places turkey slices in a sandwich. Having worked at Subway for a month, he has already adjusted to the changes in his schedule.

Senior Seth Cahill places turkey slices in a sandwich. Having worked at Subway for a month, he has already adjusted to the changes in his schedule.

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School is difficult enough on its own. Students often spend hours each night on homework and studying for their classes. Not to mention being active in clubs and on teams, while learning how to survive after senior year at the same time. In this transition between child and adulthood, things are more overwhelming than ever. On top of that, students work jobs.

Most students already struggle to find spare hours during the day, but having a job means finding time that was previously reserved for catching up on a popular show or for just resting between extracurriculars.

“It’s been harder to handle all the homework, but I can still do it,” senior Seth Cahill said. “I just don’t get as much sleep as I usually would if I didn’t have a job.”

Cahill has been working as a sandwich artist at Subway for nearly a month. The change has taken some getting used to, but is slowly becoming part of his routine.

“Technically I was supposed to pay for my insurance to get my license and a car,” Cahill said. “I also don’t want to be blindsided by (student loans).”

While some students do enjoy having money saved for the future, often their primary reason for working is for a car. As students reach their late teens, transportation for both academic and social events becomes increasingly necessary.

“I wanted a car, and my parents said ‘you’re not getting one unless you can somehow pitch in to pay for the gas, pay for insurance, and pay for the car as well,’” junior Payton Reyes said.

Reyes currently works two jobs: Bojangles and Bella Luna. He began his second job about a month ago as well, but the addition of two work days has been more manageable even with the continuous stream of schoolwork.

“I seem to do just fine, if not better,” Reyes said. “Having the extra stress pushes me to do better.”

Everyone handles stress differently. Perhaps taking someone else’s shift will require you to cancel plans with a friend. Students have to adapt to these situations and work around them accordingly.

“Even if I’m not enjoying working, it’s good hanging out with people at work,” Cahill said.

Although having a job can contribute to the cumulative workload, shifts can be made easier with company you enjoy. When you’re surrounded by people who can relate to what you experience, you are no longer isolated from friends. It may never be ideal to have to work, but there are things to be gained from the experience.

“(Working) makes it really hard to have time for sports or anything like that,” Reyes said. “That’s become my social time. To me it’s not just a job: it’s a time to hang out with friends and enjoy myself as well.”

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