The Conflicting Interests of a Working College Student
Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.” What this means is that although one faces many difficult situations, once they challenge those obstacles they realize that their strength and ability to react towards and handle those obstacles are greater than the obstacles themselves. Working college students can relate greatly to this; their goal is to succeed in academics while earning enough money in order to survive. Unlike regular full-time students, working students feel pressure not only in school but at their jobs. They must succeed in both areas because their future depends on it. Although those pressures that are felt are separate, sometimes they can coincide with one another. The pressures working college students face in their everyday lives can conflict with each other, and these students must react appropriately, or otherwise fail.
One of the first ways in which working college students face conflicting pressures is in their place of employment. They feel pressure to work enough hours each week in order to afford classes and other basic necessities. As a result, they spend many hours every day at work and are forced to sacrifice studying in order to earn a decent living. Even though the student is earning a substantial paycheck, their grades might be dropping due to sacrificing schoolwork in order to work. A student might also have to work long hours into the night. They might be able to finish their studies before they work, but working long hours into the night will result in a lack of sleep. Rest is just as important as studying and when one works part-time in order to afford school; it is something that they must sacrifice. The pressure caused by work is a heavy, conflicting burden on one's shoulders. Students must react and handle the pressure accordingly, or they will...
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