As students enter the work force, many must overcome the challenges associated with working as both students and minimum wage employees. Oftentimes, these challenges include balancing their work, school and social lives.

In getting jobs, students tend to overestimate what they can accomplish and often find themselves adopting new habits to accommodate for their changing lifestyles.

“My friends have to… work around my schedule too, at least they try to. Or I’ll try to help them work around it,” said Junior Destiny Saucedo.

Saucedo adds that, though she has learned how to manage her time to fit in a job to her schedule, she recognizes where she struggles.

“It, to me, is a lot about time management and I still don’t know much about it. I still procrastinate and pull all-nighters, but I guess it’s taught me how a real job might be,” said  Saucedo.

Another Junior at Steinbrenner, Maya Beydoun, also expressed the same difficulties when balancing work and school.

“It’s hard to balance, but you do what you have to do, I guess,” said Beydoun.

Both recognize, however, that there are positive benefits to working part-time. Not only does one begin to receive an independent income, but getting a job can be used to learn how to prepare oneself for the future and juggle stresses that are accompanied by adulthood.

“I hate asking my parents for money and being able to make my own money is one of the huge benefits” said Beydoun.

Overall, it seems working becomes a stressor in the life of teens, but the added benefits for some are well worth it.

Tatiana Gonzalez // Staff writer

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