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School, Sports, And A Job?

School and sports are hard enough. How can people possibly have time to manage a job as well? In an average day, students spend seven hours at school, about two hours on extracurricular activities, approximately two hours on homework and can only hope to get the recommended eight hours of sleep. That leaves five hours […]

School and sports are hard enough. How can people possibly have time to manage a job as well?

In an average day, students spend seven hours at school, about two hours on extracurricular activities, approximately two hours on homework and can only hope to get the recommended eight hours of sleep. That leaves five hours to get everything else done such as bathing, eating and just having a little time to yourself.

Some aspiring students, however, choose to add even more onto their plate by taking on the responsibility of a job.

For seniors like Gabriela Osborn (’15), who have very minimal homework, a job is not that much of an extra burden.

“I’ve worked at Jamba Juice for a month now and its really not that hard to balance a job with my school work because I really don’t have that much homework,” the senior says.

Jamba Juice is a popular job for students and does not require a lot of previous job experience.

“Its really not that hard to get a job there,” Gabriela says. “The one by my house happened to be hiring so I just dropped off and application and my resume that listed all my volunteer work.”

Working at Jamba Juice comes with some pretty sweet employee perks as well.

“I get half off smoothies which is really nice,” she says.

Alejandra Chacon (’15) probably has some delicious benefits too, as she works at Leatherby’s Family Creamery

“I’ve been working there for about 11 months and I really enjoy it.” she states enthusiastically. “The job wasn’t that hard to get because my brother works there and the mangers love him, so they figured I’d be just as good.”

It’s all about who you know, but their faith was not misplaced. Leatherby’s also has great flexibility that makes balancing school, sports and her job a breeze,

“The managers are very considerate with my availability and understand how important school and sports are to me,” the star lacrosse player and Prom Queen says nonchalantly. “It’s really all about properly timing everything out”

For juniors, who notoriously have the most work out of all the other grades, may have a more difficult time “properly timing everything out”.

Alec Sieving (’16) is just one example of this as he attempts to tackle studying, wrestling, and working,

“I work at Mark and Monica’s Pizza in Carmichael ever since November 2014,” Alec proudly tells the Talon. “Playing sports and having a job is definitely not easy and required me to become better at time management.”

Much like Alejandra, Alec praises the consideration of his boss.

“I am lucky to have flexible managers who were able to schedule me around my wrestling,” he says.

Beyond that, Alec also worked with his CB family to help manage his packed agenda.

“I worked with my coaches too, so that I could fine a way to accommodate everything.”

So how hard is it for a 16 year old to get a job in this seeming jobless world?

“It was slightly challenging to get a job, because I had no prior job experience,” Alec claims. “Most managers want someone with more experience.”

Though having a job is no doubt extra work, it has many advantages. Of course the money, but even beyond that, Alec sums it up best.

“Having a job gives a sense of maturity and independence.”

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