Half of students have jobs — for more than money


Silvia Jimenez

Angelica Vazquez applying for Subway on her phone.

Silvia Jimenez, Ricardo Corona, and Brandon Hammond

At Morton East High School students about half of the students are probably working — not only for the money but for the experience and to learn responsibility.  

Through America, there are students who work part-time while attending school. This brings attention to the effect working has on a student academically. According to byu.edu, working more than 20 hours has a significant increase in GPA. However, according to the same source, working more than 20 hours a week has a negative effect on the student’s GPA due to the fact they don’t have time to study and to commit to school work. In a random survey of 111 Morton East High School students, 55 students claimed to have a job and 56 students said they did not have a job. 

“I work at Soldier Field since October. They pay me $12.10 an hour. I like my job for sure. It’s pretty cool to meet new people. I work for the experience of a job but to also know people and help them in any way,” said junior Evelyn Marquez. 

 For Evelyn, it seems she has a good job where she likes to work and meet new people. However, others may have a bit of a complaint at their jobs regarding customers.  

 “I enjoy my job. Although some of the customers are crazy, rude, and loud. I like how many co-workers support each other and work as a family,” said senior Keliah Leato. 

 Most students in high school between the ages of 16-18 have flexible jobs. Although others around that age do not have a job yet for various reasons. 

 “I don’t work. My parents want me to be a full-time student and keep studying. Subway is my dream job. Since no one really goes to it, I feel like it would be easy,” said senior Valentina Betancourt.  

 Many parents don’t like the idea of their children working at such a young age, however, unlike Valentina, there are others who go against what their parents think.  

 “I work because I need money. My parents don’t like the idea of me working but they didn’t force me, but I just started working for money and getting my own things,” said sophomore Karely Corona.