Teens don't realize how time-consuming it is to attend
school and have a part-time job. There's not much time left for
life, outside of school and work. Susie, a G.V.C. student, says:
"There's no time for friend., All my friends work and have
different time schedules, so we never seem get together anymore."
Does this sound like a good way to spend your last high-school
Part-time jobs always seem like they'd be great. It would be
nice to always have money in the pocket and hang out with friends,
to have no more gloomy looks trying to scrape out the bottom
of that piggy bank or be scared that Mom and Dad might 'blow
up' if you ask for money again. Or is it exactly the opposite?
Once you have the job and money, you don't have any time left
over to spend it?
Many bosses tend to take advantage of students. "My boss
tends to treat me different because I'm younger," says Erin.
One boss told a student to come to work every day after school
and to hang around for one to two hours to see if they would
be need extra help. "Since you're a student, they overload
you, thinking you'll take as many shifts as given," says
Susie. "Sometimes they say you'll work someone else's shift
without even asking you."
Attending school and holding up a job, not only doesn't allow
time for friends but, it also takes away your time for doing
homework and studying for tests. Life often tends to get fairly
stressful for these teens. "My marks have gone down since
my job," says Erin.
Having a bit of extra cash is always nice, but you are going
to be working for the rest of your life. Why not get involved
in school, play sports, drama, hang out with friends, and get
good grades? These are things in life which you may really regret
if you miss out on. Have some fun and live a bit, before you
get caught up in all of the responsibilities of being an adult.