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should i quit my job??
3 months ago · · Stress,
Long rant ahead, TLDR at the end!!!
For context I'm a 12th grader, so it's my last year in high school. I started working a part time job as a cashier back in the summer. Everything was good and I really liked working there, but then school started back up. D:
My freshman and sophomore years I was on a varsity athletics team at my school, and later covid hit so nothing really productive happened in that time. Basically, my whole time in highschool was taken up by sports and I didn't do the other things I wanted to do, like after school clubs, volunteering, or academic contests. This year I didn't do athletics so I could have time and energy for these things and become more of a help in my community. I also need more things to put on college applications, as I went to remote learning just as I was earning my varsity jacket and therefore don't have much to prove for the things I HAVE done...
I began my part time job to buy my own things and help my mom with money for rent/groceries. I really want to spoil my mom for all the things she's done for me!! But she tells me that school comes first and as soon as my job starts messing that up that I need to quit. And it is messing up my schooling.
I am up from 5 AM to 9 PM. I am at school and work during this time, only an hour break between the two. On the weekends I am usually working 8 hour shifts. I was once an honors student but am no longer after all the covid laziness hit me, I'm trying to get caught back up on all the learning I've missed. My feet are in pain every single day even when I'm off of work and I even grew a bunion. I only get paid $7.50 an hour.
I know this sounds all woe is me and I know people have it way harder than I do, but I just don't know what to do.
[[ TLDR ]] Should I keep my job and lose the last year I have to relax and work on academics before all the adult life stuff comes in? Or should I quit and find some other way to make money to help my family that isn't as taxing on my education??
I think writing this all out has kinda made the choice clearer for me, thanks for reading. <3