For many of our students, going to school is not the only priority that they have. Many of our students are active in extracurriculars and a lot of them have jobs that take them well into the night hours. Sometimes, balancing work, school, and extracurriculars is quite the task and we had the opportunity to sit down with Seniors Morgan Shields and Josie McElroy to talk to them about how they balance their busy schedules.
Morgan is a member of the Color Guard and is also currently employed at Olive Garden in Decatur. When having a part time job while going to high school, students have to schedule their time wisely. Morgan said, “Arranging school with work was hard at first because even when you have to work until 10 at night, you know you have homework due the next morning, so you have to do it which makes working dreadful.”
If working and balancing school work is so dreadful, why would one do it? Morgan’s motivation for her hard work comes from her “want to have a job and have her own money and the ability to spend it on what she wanted.” She takes great pride in not having to rely on her parents as much, and as a Senior in high school, these steps are preparing her to be a more well-rounded individual.
Another Senior, Josie, works at Von Maur in the Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth. She plays as a member of The Marching STORM and Valley Voices. Josie told us, “The hardest thing about getting a job is the process. Applying and applying and then going through the interviews are a real pain, going to the job and learning on the job is easy.”
The job search process is a difficult one, especially with every kid trying to get the same jobs with the same skills. It makes one wonder, should every student have a job? Josie responded, “I don’t think every student should have a job but I think it’s a great idea. Some people want to put all their time into studies and extra sports or activities and simply don’t have the time. But it does teach you time management and definitely prepares you for what’s coming in your life.” When applying for a job you need to think if you will be available for this job and will you be able to work.
During the summer, many kids go out and get jobs. Most kids keep those jobs through the school year, and as several students keep those jobs, they have to balance practice schedules and work schedules.
Sometimes, students have to call off work to attend important events. Senior Maddison Bournias reports, “yes, recently I had to call off of work to be able to go to band practice.” The dedication of our students is amazing (hopefully you don’t call off too often and get fired). Junior Piper Hill, an accomplished Spaghetti and Sandwich Artisan, works at La Gondola in Decatur reported that “Balancing school and work is hard I don’t get home until late and still have to study and do my homework.”
Our school may not be the biggest in size, but it is the biggest in heart. These students, and many others, give their time and big portions of their lives to this school, and they do it while exceeding expectations and proudly representing our school as great role models for our students.
Story by Maddison Bournias and Skyler Shugart