Earning Money for College
Many high school students have at least a part-time job while in school, which may develop into a full-time job during the summer. High school students that work have shown an increased confidence, are able to demonstrate improved time-management skills, and many times reflect enhanced academic success. How many hours you work per week during the school year will, more than likely, impact your academic achievement. So, it’s important to find a good balance between school work, extra-curricular activities, your social life and work.
Another advantage of working while in high school is the ability to save for college. While socking money away for the future might not sound like an exciting idea to you, it is sound advice. College, as you’ve probably already figured out, is very expensive. Most days it will seem there is never enough money for tuition, books, room and the dining hall - not to mention clothes, concerts, and the occasional pizza! Saving part of your earnings for college might not sound like much fun, but you’ll pat yourself on the back later for your smart choices.
While working at a restaurant, supermarket or big-box store will provide a steady paycheck for you, don't discount services you can readily provide to others and will most often pay in cash. Think about tutoring children in a subject area you excel in, babysitting, mowing lawns, or even washing and detailing cars. If you're reliable and do a good job - word will quickly spread and you might just end up with more job offers than you can handle!
If you decide to work while in high school - make a solid plan about how much you will save out of what you earn. Determine a percentage and don't waiver from your commitment to put that money aside. Savings accounts don't draw much interest these days, but having that cold, hard cash stashed away will really make a difference when you start college.