Working in high school can be a topic of controversy. As many as 40% of the nation’s high school and college students work while going to school. Whether it’s money to pay for college, car insurance, gas in the tank, or to have money to spend on their weekends off, a large portion of today's youth choose to enter the labor force.
Senior, Kelsey Kempe works so she broaden her experiences and exercise real-life responsibility. Though Kelsey believes it can affect her performance with school work, she believes have work experience outweighs the constant pressure of high school life. “The positives of having a job is making your own money and getting to meet awesome people and has taught me responsibility like punctuality and doing my work correctly,” she says.
Kelsey’s jobs, however, are not like most high school student’s gigs. Her grandparents are the proud owners of the U.S.S. Nightmare. She has been putting in work starting at a very young age, portraying “Anna” in the scene “Anna’s Room.” From then on, it was important for Kelsey to stay there and always be a part of the crew.
Now, she takes pictures of the U.S.S. Nightmare's guests before entering the haunted riverboat. On her off seasons she takes on jobs at local restaurants, from hosting at Larosas to serving at Bob Evans.
Aside from working the customer service industry, some people take it into their own hands to do jobs that not just anyone has the mentality to do. Noah Moore, junior at Highlands shares his first experience working at a nursing home. Moore describes junior year as the first year students are expected to be adults, without actually being adults. Working in places such as a nursing home has its perks and downfalls, but according to Moore, it's attitude that determines his environment.
Noah's first objective on the job was not pay, but rather to be a helping hand to those in need.
“I am so excited to be able to help the people who helped make this community so great,” says Moore, speaking of residents of The Barrington of Fort Thomas. “The real heroes are the residents because they inspire me to be a better person everyday in lessons of patience, joy, or even morals.”
Next door to the Barrington, Highlands Senior, Rosemanie Long (Preval), works at Highlandspring of Fort Thomas. Another nursing home, another positive attitude.
Being a former Haitian resident, Rosemanie has taken her responsibility into her own hands in order to give back to the village she used to call her home, Ranquitte.
“Having a job here shows a new experience for me. I have a part-time job and I make more money in two months than the people of Ranquitte are making in a whole year,” she said.
In Ranquitte, a 10-hour day of hard labor sent the workers home with two dollars a day. To help her friends in Haiti, Rosemanie sends money so they can get an education, so that they will be able to break their cycle of hard labor.
In Haiti, $100 dollars will send a kid to school for a whole year.
Rosemanie working part time and sending occasional money to her former home demonstrates what good deeds can come of having a part-time job while in high school.
“I haven’t helped in the way I want to yet. I enjoy helping the people of Highlandspring. Having a job like this one shows me how lucky I am to live in a country like the U.S.”