For some students, summer is a time for pure relaxation, but for others, work doesn’t stop just because school does.
According to the most recent US census, 25 percent of high school students over the age of 16 work. High schools across the country have students who work part-time or full-time summer jobs, and South is no exception.
Olivia Vande Polder, senior, works at the Riverstone Retirement Center.
“My grandparents don’t live in town so I’ve really made a connection with the residents. They’re like my grandparents,” said Vande Polder.
Being able to work for four or five hours a day and still have time for friends and hobbies is one of the advantages of working a summer job, according to Vande Polder.
“You actually have to wake up before two in the afternoon.” she says, citing a popular concern students have about summertime employment.
Some students choose to only work during the summer and focus on schoolwork, sports and interests during the school year.
“I don’t understand why people would want to go to school and then go to work right after,” said senior Parker Jones.
While summer is a great time to make some extra money without the pressures of school, some students choose to forgo work and instead spend their time with friends, family and pursuing other interests.
Senior Eric Kissinger works tuning pipe organs with his father, but he only works during the spring and fall.
“I have more time to hang out with my friends and I have time for other hobbies,” Kissinger said.
Summer employment is a great opportunity for some students. For others, having the free time to spend with family and friends and pursue interest is the most important part of summer, so the preferred choice is not to work.