Blue Collar Student. Are part time jobs good or bad for a student? This essay will look at the pros and cons of having a part-time job while going to school.

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Blue Collar Student

Are part time jobs good or bad for a student? This is an interesting question that pertains to almost half of all high school students. Jobs provide students with many different qualities but at what cost? This will be the topic of discussion in this paper. Part time jobs are as common to students as mooing is to cows. Many students find it necessary to have a job after school and during the summer.

One benefit of having a job is it builds character in oneself. Having a responsibility at work and working with others builds ones leadership and teamwork abilities. Students also have the ability to earn some extra money to help pay for a car and the insurance required to drive it. It also allows students to get a sense of independence as they are not always relying on mom and dad to give them money.

For example, your friend Jim has a job making sundaes at dairy queen. Jim works about 24 hours a week and makes $6.00 an hour. At the end of that week , Jim has $144 that he can call his own. Jim could go to the movies, buy a new pair of shoes, or do whatever he wants to do with it. Jim worked hard for his money and after all, it is his money. Another alternative to spending this hard earned money is to save it in a bank and use it for college.

This is all fine and dandy but what about school and the homework teachers send home. If a student does have a part time job when will he get this work done. Part time jobs can take away the precious time that students need to study and do homework. Let's just say for instance...