It is finally that time of year again when the bell rings and the papers fly. But is the work really all done? Are we really free from all responsibilities? The past four years I’ve worked at my neighborhood pool as a lifeguard and it seem to be what everyone that lives around me does. It has come to my attention that a lot of my friends don’t have jobs. One might think that it’s because it is so hard to find a job these days, but actually the reason is their parents. They think that their kids are young and have their whole lives to work, so why not just enjoy it now? My parents have a different view, it teaches us responsibility and they won’t have to give me “handouts” when I need a new dress from forever twenty one.
From a teenager’s point of view, I know that dealing with work isn’t something you want to do all summer, but it does have its advantages. For one, I never have to ask my parents for money and I can buy whatever I need when I need it. I actually feel like I have more freedom and control over my own life. With this new found freedom that I have acquired comes responsibility. I’ve had to learn how to handle my money as well as learning how to act in the work field. Having a summer job, I feel, has helped prepare me for my future. It doesn’t take up too much of my time , and my hours are pretty flexible so I don’t feel as though I’m missing out on the whole being young and living it up. What’s your opinion on this topic? Should teens have summer jobs or just hang back and relax for three months?