2013-2014 News — 09 June 2014

Students have trouble managing time

By Hlal Al Ani

It is increasingly difficult for teens to have a part-time job while being a full-time student. As a result, teens are accepting full-time work to support their budget instead, which makes it really tough to actually continue school and sometimes leads to dropouts.

At Oakland High School, senior Abdulrahman Mohamed and freshman Saleh Ali both work at full-time jobs. Ali works at a grocery store and Mohamed works at Little Caesar’s Pizza.

Both mentioned how difficult it is for teens to find full-time jobs, and it is tough to manage time in working, and continuing school as high school students.

“Teens are experiencing difficulties being full-time-job workers while being full-time students,” said Mohamed.

“The majority of teens going to school and working are struggling,” said Matin Abdel-qawi, principal.

If students continue experiencing the same conflicts between school and work, it will increase the rates for students dropping out of schools or losing their jobs, and sometimes losing everything.

Students should have opportunities to get some sort of financial aid provided to all students going to schools, so that they can actually live, and work less hours to continue school.

University of Texas at El Paso student Cassandra Morrill said in a blog post on Borderzine.com that this is a problem for college students as well. “Going on my fifth year of college, I have felt a little ashamed at times that I wasn’t able to finish it in four years,” said Morrill. “People always told me, ‘You can do it if you really put your mind to it. Why don’t you just cut your hours at work.’ But then as I look around I realize I’m not the only one who is on the same difficult road.”

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