Students’ side hussles

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Students’ side hussles

Jessalyn Mendoza, alumna from the Class of 2018, works at Chipotle. She has been working there since 2018. “I think everyone should work a part-time job because it helps build character and social skills.”

Jessalyn Mendoza, alumna from the Class of 2018, works at Chipotle. She has been working there since 2018. “I think everyone should work a part-time job because it helps build character and social skills.”

Meredith Yen

Jessalyn Mendoza, alumna from the Class of 2018, works at Chipotle. She has been working there since 2018. “I think everyone should work a part-time job because it helps build character and social skills.”

Meredith Yen

Meredith Yen

Jessalyn Mendoza, alumna from the Class of 2018, works at Chipotle. She has been working there since 2018. “I think everyone should work a part-time job because it helps build character and social skills.”

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It’s important for students to work part time jobs for many benefitting reasons. The paychecks that they receive are used in different ways. Most of the time they are used for leisure. Other times they’re used to pay off student loans or tuitions.

Even though having spending money is an amazing factor, students also learn the ways to manage their time wisely. A tip to balancing school and a part time job is to start off with short hours and when the cycle of work and school becomes maintainable, slowly add more hours. A way that some students are able to maintain both priorities is finding a flexible job like tutoring or having an accommodative boss.
Brandon Smith, an alumnus from Hillsborough High, is a math tutor. His mom is a math teacher and tutor. After Smith finishes his days’ worth of homework, he helps his mom tutor some of her students. He started tutoring during his senior year of high school. His favorite part about tutoring is the pay. “I am able to see which students are present during my free time and tutor them,” Smith said. “Students that are patient and are skilled with a subject should tutor as their part time job; it’s based on your availability and if you’re up for it.”


Another popular job with students is working at supermarkets. Another alumnus, Phil Nguyen, works at Winn-Dixie. His job consists of restocking items, helping out customers, running the register and bagging the groceries.

“The hours are flexible, and I was able to work anytime I wanted,” Nguyen said. “A manager who understands that education is the main priority is the key when looking for a part time job. I love how I’m able to work whenever I want and still be able to maintain my grades.”

These students are able to maintain good grades and get paid for working a few hours after school.

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