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Sep 18

How Working through High School Shaped Me

Posted By iamincontrol | September 18, 2014

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By Annie

While the thought of a lazy summer sounds wonderful to some, it didn’t to me. I dreaded not having something to do every day. Rather than sit at home, I wanted to be able to do something every day and enjoy doing it. Once I was able to drive, I picked up a job during the school year working on the weekends. I loved the idea of being able to find a job that I liked, where I could make friends, and earn money. Working through high school gave me something to look forward to and gave me a sense of accomplishment.

Although my parents never forced me to have a job through high school, I felt like it was a good time to start working. It helped me create a balance in my life between school, friends, sports, and work. I wanted to be able to have a little extra spending money to go to a movie with friends or buy a new pair of jeans.

Starting work early also gave me a little slice of how the “real world” would be some day. I learned the value of a dollar and the idea that in fact, money didn’t grow on trees. I was able to understand what working towards something meant. In fact, after graduating high school, I had saved up enough money to buy a brand new car. What an awesome feeling!

Now, I’m not saying that working is more important than school, but if I had the chance to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. The jobs that I had through high school, at the waterpark and the movie theater, were things that I was interested in. Although I had an interest in these things, I knew that I didn’t want to have to work at these kinds of jobs for the rest of my life. It was through these experiences I became inspired to further my education beyond a high school diploma. The experience of working gave me a sense of empowerment and that I was able to achieve the goals I had for my future.

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