11 Reasons You Should Have A Job Before You Go To College

11 Reasons You Should Have A Job Before You Go To College

The best lessons are life lessons.

High school keeps you busy if you are involved in various organizations, but it's very important that you find time to get a job of some sort before you head off to college. Whether it be a part-time job at a local restaurant or just a summer job at a sno cone stand, having work experience is extremely beneficial before you go off to college, or even just in general.

1. It teaches you time management

Having a job when you're young prepares you to be better with managing your time in the future. You learn how to organize your day and balance your priorities. This helps you be more responsible, and will make managing a more time-consuming job in the future easier because you've had practice.

2. You learn the value of the dollar

Working opens your eyes to how the economy actually works. You start to understand the importance of a budget and knowing what you can afford. You learn that working for $7.25 an hour only pays for a sandwich without a drink. It's way better to learn about saving and spending before you're actually on your own. When you work for your own money, you begin to value the money your parents provide more and appreciate what you get.

3. You have to deal with people of all ages

When you're at school, you're mainly just around your peers all of the time. Once you get a job, you are around people of all ages including your coworkers and the customers. It's good to learn how to communicate with different generations while you are young because it could help with future jobs and will help in life just in general.

4. You take away little convenient skills

With every job you have, you will learn cool new tricks to make things easier or to communicate better with others. Whether it's rolling silverware, making drinks, cutting fruit, or counting money, it can be useful as well as how to keep customers happy or how to deal with complaints.

5. You gain references

Jobs provide you with connections. If you work hard and stay on peoples' good sides, you could possibly use them to put in a good word for you when you try to apply for future jobs.

6. You make friends you probably would never had met

Your coworkers will come from all different walks of life, and your paths may have not ever crossed if it wasn't for meeting at work. There are some pretty incredible people out there.

7. It gives you an extra purpose

It's nice to feel like you have obligations outside of going to school. Even if you are just flipping burgers, you are making a difference and contributing to society.

8. You learn how to earn what you want

When you are making your own money, you get to decide how you want to spend it. It's nice to know that you earned your own stuff and that you have the ability to save up for things you want.

9. You gain experience working for someone

Even though you have experience working for your teachers, it's different working for an actual boss. You have to learn how to do things someone else's way instead of your own. This will help prepare you for all the different college professors you will have as well as future employers.

10. You become better respected when others recognize everything you have wasn't handed to you

No one likes a person that gets whatever they want without doing anything. We all know that person who's parents give them whatever they want and do everything for them. Society will better respect you if they know you are helping your parents out or see that you're taking some responsibility for yourself.

11. You realize why you're going to college

Last, but not least...working minimum wage jobs helps you see what you're really working towards. It's very complicated to make a living with $7.25 an hour. You would have to work a lot of hours and miss out on a lot of things you wouldn't want to miss out on. Working a small job before you go to college gives you more motivation to finish and reach your goal.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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