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Students balance work and academics

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Students work on school work during class

Students work on school work during class

Students work on school work during class

By Gracelyn Hinderliter, BHS Journalism

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Several high school students have jobs, but have you ever really thought about how having a job affects their performance?

Many high school students have or plan on getting a job. Having a job and going to school can be hard to balance sometimes. Students have to adjust and come up with ways to spread time evenly between them, and it’s different for all students.

“Now that I’ve gotten really busy and have work to go to, I’ve learned to be more efficient with my work and time,” sophomore Alayna Baker said.

For some students, having a job doesn’t impact them as much.

“(Having a job) doesn’t affect my performance in school,” junior Eli Shively said. “I plan around school functions and sporting events and give myself enough time to get my homework done on time.”

Students have had to adjust and work around the task of balancing work and school, which has required an adjustment.

“It did take about a month or two to adjust,” Baker said. “I did work in the summer and that was just continuous work, but if you add school into it it becomes a whole different thing, but I did adjust eventually.”

Parents also have views on this topic.

“(Having a job) can reduce their performance and increase their stress,” parent Marilee Hinderliter said. “Which also increases their workload.”

Some parents believe that high school students should not have a job and focus on school more.

“(Students should have jobs) in the least part time, not full time,” Hinderliter said. “And even then possibly only in the summer so that all their focus can be on school.”

According to NewsOK, one in four high school students have jobs while also going to school, and the reasons vary.

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