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Cry of the Hawk

Cry of the Hawk


Should the northern Harford County area have its own 'snow zone' for inclement weather days?

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Working 7-2, then 3-9; Part-time jobs for students may be controversial

  Many teens hold part-time jobs because of the benefits they can provide. They can demonstrate the balance of responsibility, and contribute income for things like gas money or college funds. But do they really offer more perks than downsides?

     According to The College Board, “Students who work are more confident and possess better time-management skills” than others. These jobs also “provide both training and experience” that may be beneficial to a teenager’s future endeavors. 

     However, challenges may arise, as “students who work more than 15 to 20 hours per week often experience decreased school success,” which can later lead to “dropping out entirely.” Another aspect to mention is that students may lack free time, which can “limit opportunities to build friendships and explore interests” in their personal life. 

     According to, “Nearly 30% of high school students are employed in a job for at least a portion of the school year.” There are numerous pros and cons of having a part-time job while still in school. While pros include “teach[ing] the relationship between earnings and education,” teaching the value of money, and even “help[ing] teenagers stay out of trouble,” the cons list is just as long.

     Cons include “instill[ing] negative views about work”, “lead[ing] to fatigue,” and ultimately “hurt[ing] academic achievement.”

     So, what’s the answer to this dilemma? Both sources claim that balance is key. 

     According to, it’s important for students to “Keep a detailed schedule,” to avoid conflicts between school assignments, extracurricular events, and work shifts. It’s also crucial to “carve out dedicated time for school,” to avoid dropping grades or missing assignments. When in doubt, “ask for help when you need it.” There’s no shame in asking for help if assignments become overwhelming, or asking for less hours at your workplace. 

     Professors, teachers, and employers can also follow a few guidelines to help working students succeed. Being understanding about each student’s circumstances and showing that you care about their success (not only in school, but at their job as well) is appreciated by students. 

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