By Aaliyah Bell
During this drastic change from in-person learning to a new virtual reality that people all over the world are experiencing, I'd like to take a moment to focus on how students are dealing with a work-school balance. Aside from the obvious seniors, I also hear of plenty of other grade level students working hard for their future by working at various jobs, internship programs, or graduating early. These are factors that are often overlooked when people talk about online school. Although there are many cons, being at home gave people the opportunity to be able to work more hours than usual. This also means added stress that some students are able to handle while others not so much.
Working during the pandemic is a great opportunity for students to earn money and chase their future careers but this means they need to find extra time for schooling. While talking with some of my peers that I've interviewed, many said that most of the teachers they have are understanding and helping them with what they need, but they still feel that there are other teachers that aren’t so sympathetic nor helping. I think the problem with online learning is that some teachers give more work online than they did in school, which for some students make the process of switching to online school harder. If we’re being completely honest the only way we can deal with this is by staying on top of classwork and putting school first even though everyone wants so badly to just earn as much money possible. Advice I have for students is to take at least an hour or two after work for your education, not to overwork yourself at a young age, and to take time for your own mental and physical health.