Working during school

Working during school

Food Insecurity Facing More Students as College Expenses Rise

Often, college students are accused of treating their lives on campus like a bubble; one that will pop after graduation when they have to enter the “real world.” That may be true, but plenty of students are facing incredibly challenging “real world” problems while still on campus. One of the most prevalent, and the least studied, is food insecurity.

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A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education examined the students at Western Oregon University and found 59 percent of them were food insecure at least once during the previous year. Food insecurity by definition is, “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.”

You may be asking yourself how that’s possible with meal plans, food courts, and snack carts dotting most college campuses. The reality is that many students aren’t getting enough healthy food because they struggle with high costs, limited income, and fewer food and social support systems.

The researchers feel the high number of food insecure students is caused by a combination of rising college costs, changing college student demographics, and more low-income and first-generation students attending college.

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Federal Minimum Wage Increase is Good News for Students

If President Obama‘s plan to raise minimum wage goes through, plenty of people will benefit. One group in particular may see a direct benefit, but they probably aren’t the first group of people thought of during minimum wage discussions.

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College students who are part of the Federal Work-Study Program, which helps them pay for their education, would be directly impacted by an increase in minimum wage. The program itself could also see some changes as award packages would have to be altered to allow for what essentially amounts to multiple students receiving raises at once.

Students participating in a Work-Study program are required to be paid at least federal minimum wage. Currently, that means making at least $7.25 per hour. If the raise in minimum wage goes through, their pay would increase to at least $10.10 an hour. Some Work-Study participants already make more than that depending on their individual circumstances.

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Is it Worth Having a Job in High School?

Having a job in high school is something I believe every kid should experience. It’s a time where little jobs are available (since most places prefer not to hire under a certain age because of the reputation teenagers have gotten,) but even the simplest of jobs are a great starting point and a great way to start building a resume. What I want to discuss though is whether or not it’s a good idea to have a job during the school year.teen jobs

Summer jobs are a great way to keep you busy during the long vacation. Not all jobs require 30-40 hours and 5 days a week. Most jobs will hire you on as part-time which can be anywhere from 10-25 hours (I believe, it may vary depending on where you work) or some places even have a seasonal option, allowing you to return just when you want to work. Of course, some kids may be interested in keeping their job during the school year because either they really enjoy their job or just enjoy having extra money to spend from time to time.

Keeping a job though during the school can be a very difficult thing to manage, even working only a few nights a week for a couple of hours. I had a job this last year while I was trying to raise money for myself to go to NYC over spring break, and with my course load at school and all my other activities I was involved in outside of school, it wore me out. I spread myself thin doing so much. But if you aren’t as involved at school or don’t have a heavy course load like I do, and find you can handle having a job, I would highly recommend it! You can experience a lot of things when you have a job that you won’t be able to experience anywhere else!

Having a summer job is something I would highly recommend at least one summer during your high school years, and if you can handle it, than keep a job if you love it enough during the school year! Keep in mind that if your job begins to interfere with things such as grades/performance at school, than maybe having a job is too much and school should always come before a job.





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