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Having a high school job offers benefits as well as challenges

posted Oct 19, 2015, 9:59 AM by Unknown user

While many high school students have jobs, there are a few within our school who do unique work. One of these students is senior Kolton Alloway. Alloway does lawn care for his family business, Alloway Enterprises, every day after school and on the weekends.

When asked the challenges and ups and downs of the job, Alloway had a lot to say about his work.

“The best part is definitely when you get to run the mower and it’s 75 degrees out,” Alloway said “The worst part is when it’s in the hundreds and you finally get done and you’re so tired, hot and sweaty that it’s just miserable at that point.”

Not only does Alloway have a demanding job, but he also manages the business.

“One of the biggest challenges is when I butt heads with my employee, because he’s one of my best friends,” he said.

A major challenge for a lot of student workers is balancing school work and a job.

“Managing the mowing with school is a lot harder than people think,” he said. “It’s definitely a challenge when I have a lot of homework or a big test to study the next day. With our weekends being taken up by work, it gets old not being able to go hang out with friends or just not have to always work.”

A major part of having a job as a high schooler is being able to say you got something out of it.

“I think I will benefit from my experience working with lawn care,” he said. “So far, I have learned time management, pacing yourself to be efficient, having to make important decisions and how to work well with other people. It will definitely benefit me in the future because I know when I get my own house I will have the nicest lawn on the block. Plus, the experiences I have had through my job have taught me some valuable skills that I won’t forget.”

This goes to show that having a job as a high schooler will have its challenges, but it could be rewarding to you and your future.

“Yeah, it can suck when it's 100 degrees or when stuff breaks down, but that's the name of the game. If everything goes good, lawn care work isn't bad at all,” he said.