Sports and extracurriculars are not the only thing that keep students busy here at Baker High School. Many students also have jobs and are working long hours outside of going to school each day. The students that choose to do this are gaining some valuable life skills that will benefit them in their future after graduating from high school. Whether it be to become more responsible, find skills and career path interests, or even just to gain some spending money; these students have chosen to work extra hard each day. Baker offers a variety of job options for students who choose to go this route. I reached out to four specific students this past week to get more details and gain insight into potential job opportunities for students in this community.
Maintaining enough time for school, studies, and extracurriculars seems to be the hardest battle for students who work while attending high school. However, all of the students I spoke with had positive things to say about the accommodating nature of their jobs. Marcos Gallegos, who works at Baker Furniture stated, “I like how my job is very flexible around my school and upcoming sports schedule.” Students appreciate when employers in the community have their best interests in mind. Olivia Gunderson, a life-guard at the Rec Center appreciates that the school is in charge of her job and mentioned, “they have to work together often and the job always has the interests of the students in mind to make it easier to manage.” Hannah Goerndt, who works at Baker Drug said, ¨ I’m honestly pretty thankful I work at the drugstore. I always have enough time to get homework done and it is fairly convenient that my boss and coworkers help me work around school activities.”
There are many reasons students might choose to take on a job outside of school. They may have extra time to do so, they need the money or are saving up for something, or possibly they just enjoy the job and the people they work with. Bryce Shelhamer, who works at Compass Coffee explained why she decided to get a job. “I wanted to be able to start getting used to paying for my own things because I am a senior and will be going to college soon.” Hannah Goerndt agreed with Bryce about needing to prepare for college and save for future expenses. Hannah also appreciates where she works and the experiences she has gained. She stated, “I definitely like the atmosphere with my coworkers and the valuable lessons I have learned!”
Of course making money is one of the important aspects to a job that we all can appreciate. Students who work now are learning how to manage their money and appreciate the value of hard-work. Many students work on trying to save some of the income they receive. Marcos Gallegos tries to save around 60% or so of this paychecks, Hannah Goerndt contributes some savings for college expenses, and Olivia Gunderson likes to use some of her extra money towards art supplies or entertainment. The rest of students’ spending goes towards food, which can definitely add up for high school students. Bryce Shelhamer even goes as far as buying food for her friends every once in a while. What a generous person she is!
These students mentioned are just a few of the many hard-working individuals who choose to put in the extra hours outside of school to get ahead. Whatever way they spend their money, they appreciate the opportunities for work in our community and are definitely gaining valuable skills that will suit them their whole life long.