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Employment builds character, improves discipline

I never understood the true meaning of “tired” until I finished my first day on the job. I’ve sat in many classes, waiting for the clock to strike the moment of freedom, but never have I longed so greatly for liberty.

I realized for the first time that all of the formal education Fresno has to offer could not prepare me for the world of entry-level jobs.

“I’ve worked at In-N-Out for over a year, and it doesn’t even phase me anymore because I’ve gotten into the routine,” Gabe Hawkins, ’04, said, “but when I first started I would go home exhausted. Then I had to do homework and help my mom with chores; I had a lot on my plate.”

Some parents may fear that a job would distract from their child’s studies and cause their grades to drop. However, if students cannot learn to balance multiple responsibilities how do they expect to have a family and hold a job?

“It’s a lot to handle but it has also taught me a lot,” David Yancey, ’04, said. Yancey has worked as a landscaper around his neighborhood for more than six months. “It has taught me how to better manage my time.”

Working hard for an income encourages responsible spending and saving habits that will be necessary for success later on in life.

Paul Kinnear, ’06, has worked as a ranch hand since last summer. “I’m actually saving most of the money that I make. I’ve got some important things to pay for, so I put it in the bank.”

Earning money also gives opportunities for independence, giving students a head start on the road to self-sufficiency.

“I don’t really do anything too complicated at work,” Kinnear said. “But I’m learning a lot about preparing for real life.”

Seemingly menial jobs teach important life skills such as time management and people skills. Learning to work well under pressure is a skill that benefits not only in the workplace but also the classroom.

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