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As we get older we notice that mom’s wallet starts to dry out and we’re pretty sure that soon we’ll get the official cut off. Since we’re still in need of things that cost money, there is only one solution: get a job.

Many students at South, who are at least 16 years old, have begun to take part in the workforce.

Most students would agree that their purpose for getting a job would be “money for food, gas and college,” said Michela Saverino, senior.

Working can be very beneficial to many students and prepare them for life after high school.

“It creates a work ethic,” said Saverino. “ It helps you figure out money.”

Keegan Young, senior, works at Hy Vee as a produce clerk. Having a job and managing school has taught him time management skills and how to be responsible.  Juggling schoolwork and a job can have its perks when it comes to getting ready for the real world but it also can have its disadvantages.

“The hardest thing about working in high school would be not being able to always find time to do your homework,” said Young.

Eric Romelus, senior, works at Hen House where he completes many tasks from courtesy clerk to janitorial. Romelus disagrees that having a job is beneficial because “you have no time for anything.”

“I would highly recommend not getting a job unless you just want to make money,” said Romelus. “There are no benefits and you never have time to hang out with your friends because you are always working.”

Students give up a lot of their free time and sometimes even their sanity. While working, most jobs require you to interact and communicate with customers.

“It teaches you people skills,” said Amatullah Salem who works at Chipotle as a crew member. “It helps you learn how to work with customers who are not always cooperative.”

Working students can agree that customers are not always in the best mood or have a great attitude towards them. But it is still their job to make sure they remain calm and try to help out the customer however they can.

“I once had a lady tell me I had special needs all because we didn’t have an item that she had wanted,” said Young.

Customers tend to express their feelings in not so respectful ways towards students even when they are following their rules and can do nothing about it.

“One day when I  was working at the register a lady had gotten mad at me and demanded free food because she said her portions were too small,” said Salem.

Despite the fact that we may have to endure through long and stressful days at work and stay up late finishing our homework, it’s worth it. This way we don’t have to worry about mom going broke or us having to pay her back an IOU.

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