photo by Sydney King

Juniors Michelle Boamah and Kaylun Edwards review information about the 62 participating businesses at the Career Fair on Mar. 11.

by Luysa Gonzalez, Staff Writer

Summer is fast approaching and students are looking for jobs while preparing for finals.

Studies have shown that the relationship between finals and summer jobs aren’t positive. In a 1998 study, the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine found that the number of hours a student worked affected the amount of absences at school, increasingly among students who worked more than 30 hours a week.

“Students shouldn’t look for jobs until after school is over,” sophomore Maryori Hernandez said. “When you get home from a long shift, you’re too tired to study so you don’t.”

Students begin looking for jobs during the month of finals and going on interviews which, takes away time for studying.

“I’ve seen students’ grades suffer because they don’t have time to study due to long work hours,” history teacher Britt Cottingham said.

A study held by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that when high school students have jobs, they spend 49 minutes less on homework. Those 49 minutes affect grades drastically considering the fact that with an extra 30 minutes spent on homework, students grades improve by two letter grades.

“I’ve had jobs while I was in high school, it doesn’t interfere,” administrator Christi Osborne said. “We’re lucky to have places like Six Flags and White Waters which work around school schedules, so it doesn’t impede with school and students studying.”

Kusum Singh held a study in 1998 that showed the number of hours a student worked affected their standardized test scores, concluding that the longer their shifts were, the lower their test scores were.

“Summer jobs are good for students, it keeps them out of trouble and benefits them by not only earning money but learning responsibility and time management,” science teacher Beth Amacher said. “During an interview, you’re asked when can you start working and you can respond after your finals are over.”

A study from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in 2009, states that seven percent of students who work while in high school don’t go to college or don’t finish high school. The impact jobs have on students can be beneficial or disadvantageous.
“Jobs are great for high school students, it keeps us busy,” sophomore Alyson Carter said. “But as a student, school is your first priority, jobs come later.”