How would your life differ if you had to work 6 hours every weekend or after the school day? While this may not be a reality for you, it is for many Rowland Hall students. In fact, about 1 in 4 high school students have jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the number of students who have jobs may not be as high at Rowland Hall, more Rowland Hall students are employed than you might think! Rowland Hall students have a wide variety of jobs that they have for many different reasons. These jobs range from working at sushi restaurants to being servers at pizza places. I interviewed four Rowland Hall students with jobs to hear their insights about what life is like working as a high school student. This is what Maile Fukushima, Jack Vitek, Olivia Stinnett, and Maddie Carlin had to say about their experiences as employed teenagers. 

Where do you work?

Maile: Tsunami on 9th and 9th. 

Jack: Pizza Nono.

Olivia: Tsunami on 9th and 9th.

Maddie: Hub and Spoke. 

 

How many hours per week do you work?

Maile: About 6 hours per week.

Jack: Weekends from 4 to closing, so around 10-10:30.

Olivia: About 6 hours per week.

Maddie: I work typically weekend days during brunch hours. 

 

Is balancing school and work difficult?

Maile: Not really because I only work one day a week. It’s a pretty easy job but sometimes detracts from some studying/things I want to do.

Jack: No it’s not difficult for me to balance school and work due to my limited hours and weekend schedule, so during the week I am able to easily keep up with school work.

Olivia: It isn’t too difficult because I work on Fridays after school, so I still have plenty of time to do homework and other stuff the rest of the weekend. 

Maddie: It isn’t very hard to balance because the hours are flexible and I am able to work when I want. 

 

Do you have a certain schedule that helps you balance work and school?

Maile: It’s usually not difficult to balance, but it can be hard to manage because many times working stops me from studying, hanging out with friends, or playing soccer. I don’t have a certain schedule, but I do try to find a balance and try to do those activities on days when I don’t have work. 

Jack: I chose my schedule for the weekends, so I am able to keep up with school work. 

Olivia: I usually work on Fridays so it doesn’t interfere with school. 

Maddie: I don’t really have a set schedule. I just work whenever I have time. 

 

Why did you choose this job?

Maile: I chose this job because I had a connection with an owner and one of my close friends works there already. I also wanted some spending money to buy concert tickets.

Jack: I chose to work at Pizza Nono because it is a local place where people I know already worked, and the atmosphere is very laid back and relaxed. 

Olivia: I chose the job because I liked the restaurant before and I thought it could be a fun environment to work in. 

Maddie: I chose this job because they had a lot of availability and it seemed like a fun place to work. 

 

What have you learned from working?

Maile: I have learned to be resourceful and how to work as a team because sometimes things can get confusing when multiple people are taking to-go orders at once, so you need to be good at communication and organization. 

Jack: I have learned how to have fun at work while simultaneously getting the jobs that need doing done. Also, I’ve learned how to balance work and school by trying different schedules.   

Olivia: I have learned how to work with my peers (whoever works with me that day) so that the work is balanced between everyone. 

Maddie: From working, I have learned how to become more independent and how to connect and work with people who come from different backgrounds from me and are at different points in life than me. 

 

Rowland Hall students have a variety of jobs, and students balance their workloads in different ways. Jobs teach countless real-world skills that will undoubtedly come in handy in these students’ futures. Additionally, these students may actually be benefiting in the long run, because, according to Silvia Terzian from Versed, students who have had jobs in the past have an advantage in the workforce over those who have never worked. This is because employers seek skilled, trustworthy employees over people who have no experience in a certain field. Furthermore, the common trend among these four students is that they are all great at managing work and school. Hopefully, these experiences show you the positive aspect of having jobs and being an employed teenager.

Student jobs at Rowland Hall
Ruchi Agarwal

How would your life differ if you had to work 6 hours every weekend or after the school day? While this may not be a reality for you, it is for many Rowland Hall students. In fact, about 1 in 4 high school students have jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the number of students who have jobs may not be as high at Rowland Hall, more Rowland Hall students are employed than you might think! Rowland Hall students have a wide variety of jobs that they have for many different reasons. These jobs range from working at sushi restaurants to being servers at pizza places. I interviewed four Rowland Hall students with jobs to hear their insights about what life is like working as a high school student. This is what Maile Fukushima, Jack Vitek, Olivia Stinnett, and Maddie Carlin had to say about their experiences as employed teenagers. 

Where do you work?

Maile: Tsunami on 9th and 9th. 

Jack: Pizza Nono.

Olivia: Tsunami on 9th and 9th.

Maddie: Hub and Spoke. 

 

How many hours per week do you work?

Maile: About 6 hours per week.

Jack: Weekends from 4 to closing, so around 10-10:30.

Olivia: About 6 hours per week.

Maddie: I work typically weekend days during brunch hours. 

 

Is balancing school and work difficult?

Maile: Not really because I only work one day a week. It’s a pretty easy job but sometimes detracts from some studying/things I want to do.

Jack: No it’s not difficult for me to balance school and work due to my limited hours and weekend schedule, so during the week I am able to easily keep up with school work.

Olivia: It isn’t too difficult because I work on Fridays after school, so I still have plenty of time to do homework and other stuff the rest of the weekend. 

Maddie: It isn’t very hard to balance because the hours are flexible and I am able to work when I want. 

 

Do you have a certain schedule that helps you balance work and school?

Maile: It’s usually not difficult to balance, but it can be hard to manage because many times working stops me from studying, hanging out with friends, or playing soccer. I don’t have a certain schedule, but I do try to find a balance and try to do those activities on days when I don’t have work. 

Jack: I chose my schedule for the weekends, so I am able to keep up with school work. 

Olivia: I usually work on Fridays so it doesn’t interfere with school. 

Maddie: I don’t really have a set schedule. I just work whenever I have time. 

 

Why did you choose this job?

Maile: I chose this job because I had a connection with an owner and one of my close friends works there already. I also wanted some spending money to buy concert tickets.

Jack: I chose to work at Pizza Nono because it is a local place where people I know already worked, and the atmosphere is very laid back and relaxed. 

Olivia: I chose the job because I liked the restaurant before and I thought it could be a fun environment to work in. 

Maddie: I chose this job because they had a lot of availability and it seemed like a fun place to work. 

 

What have you learned from working?

Maile: I have learned to be resourceful and how to work as a team because sometimes things can get confusing when multiple people are taking to-go orders at once, so you need to be good at communication and organization. 

Jack: I have learned how to have fun at work while simultaneously getting the jobs that need doing done. Also, I’ve learned how to balance work and school by trying different schedules.   

Olivia: I have learned how to work with my peers (whoever works with me that day) so that the work is balanced between everyone. 

Maddie: From working, I have learned how to become more independent and how to connect and work with people who come from different backgrounds from me and are at different points in life than me. 

 

Rowland Hall students have a variety of jobs, and students balance their workloads in different ways. Jobs teach countless real-world skills that will undoubtedly come in handy in these students’ futures. Additionally, these students may actually be benefiting in the long run, because, according to Silvia Terzian from Versed, students who have had jobs in the past have an advantage in the workforce over those who have never worked. This is because employers seek skilled, trustworthy employees over people who have no experience in a certain field. Furthermore, the common trend among these four students is that they are all great at managing work and school. Hopefully, these experiences show you the positive aspect of having jobs and being an employed teenager.

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