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Old 03-02-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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H Ross Perot, the billionaire, worked during high school. But so did nearly every manual laborer you meet.

Working during high school, by itself, is not the issue; the issue is the disposition of the proceeds. And in this case (car, cellphone, shopping, help Mom) it does not bode well for the original poster.

It is very possible to trade your future for the pleasure of a few years of seeming to get ahead. At first, it's great. But then you can easily find yourself trapped in a situation where you have obligations and must work to meet those commitments. At that point you will become little more than a slave.

And almost no one recovers from the hourly pay mentality and the accompanying hand-to-mouth existence. Your world forever revolves around payday.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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H Ross Perot, the billionaire, worked during high school. But so did nearly every manual laborer you meet.

Working during high school, by itself, is not the issue; the issue is the disposition of the proceeds. And in this case (car, cellphone, shopping, help Mom) it does not bode well for the original poster.

It is very possible to trade your future for the pleasure of a few years of seeming to get ahead. At first, it's great. But then you can easily find yourself trapped in a situation where you have obligations and must work to meet those commitments. At that point you will become little more than a slave.

And almost no one recovers from the hourly pay mentality and the accompanying hand-to-mouth existence. Your world forever revolves around payday.
I'm going to disagree with this one. I grew up in a family that, while never "poor", we weren't wealthy either. My dad was laid off in the recession of the early 80's, and my mom's secretary pay wasn't that much. But we recovered.

I got jobs in high school for the exact reasons listed by the OP. I interpreted the OP's "help Mom" statement to simply mean that instead of covering the OP's "extra" expenses (cell phone, date money, etc.), Mom could use her income to pay bills and buy food. None of my income in high school helped pay the mortgage, but because of my income I was able to put gas in my car and pay for movies and other things so my parents didn't have to.

Also, my dad insisted that I get a JOB. I could work a desk after college, but before then I was going to WORK. I cut pulp-wood, drove a tractor, ran a welder, herded cattle, hauled hay, scraped a roof off a house, did rough carpentry, etc. In retrospect I'm glad for this because I knew that if I didn't get a scholarship for college it's what I would be doing for the rest of my life. My last two years of high school saw much better grades, even with the extra jobs, than my first two years.
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