Ally Malcolm ‘17- Between sophomore and junior year of high school, many new obstacles come our way. In this time, searching for a first job, learning how to drive a car, and saving up for said car, all become decisive in the choices in our lives.

By the time sophomore year begins, many already considered the option of starting to look for a job. Sophomore Megan Ploetz ‘18 felt that it was important for her to get a job in order to pay for all the expenses that come with getting older.

“I like to go out the mall or go out to dinner with my friends sometimes and I don’t like to always ask my parents for money,” Megan Ploetz ‘18 said. “It’s nice to be able to something like this for myself.”

On-top of just basic social costs, sophomore year usually entails turning 16, or happens in the months soon after. Parents of students often make their kids save up some, or all, of the money to buy their car.

“At first I didn’t get why I had to pay for half of my first car when I knew other friends who didn’t have to pay for their at all,” Taylor Schwartz ‘18 said. “But now I understand that my parents are trying to teach me what it’s like to have to make money for myself.”

For a sophomore who all these situations can be new to, it can be completely overwhelming. But as time goes on, it gets easier. Most juniors already went through the process of finding their first job, turning 16 and saving up for a car, and now focus on maintaining them.

“At first it was hard juggling school and work. But now I found a easy balance. I do my homework as soon as I get home on days I work, and learned not to procrastinate as much,” Samantha Bugno ‘17 said. “And the fact that I have to pay for my own gas really helps me appreciate the money I make and what I spend it on.”

The first step when mastering the concept of juggling school and work, is time management. Now that something other than just your social life interferes with school work, it is important to prioritize. The best advice that has been given on the topic is to make sure you get homework done as soon as you can; summatives come first and formatives come second. After working on school, then go about outside tasks that need to be done.

Managing work and school proves to show up again and again in the daily lives of people everywhere. It’s an important and well rounded skill to have later in life when school changes to a family, and you being to be in charge of other parts of your life. And although in the beginning it can be overwhelming, in the end it is a skill that you will be glad that you learned at a young age.

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