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Chronicles of my After-School Employment

Having a job after school is just like playing a sport— the only difference is that I get paid to do it. Every Monday and Thursday from 3-6 I get paid to sit at a desk and do my homework.

While some think that having a job after school can effect doing well in school, I actually get more done at work then I would ever get done at home.

I was offered the job at Westport Tennis Club during my sophomore year when a friend of mine couldn’t work anymore.

Although my job requires me to answer phone calls, collect money from players and do the laundry, the three hours I spend there usually consist of me stalking Facebook and doing easy busywork.

Although I always tend to complain about going to work, it’s actually the best job a high school student could have.

I get paid to do my homework—what could be better than that? My boss and I are also really lose so whenever something comes up and I can’t work, it’s never an issue.

I could sit here and blabber on about how much homework I do, but everyone knows that when I am procrastinating, I listen to the Westport mother’s gossip about their kids instead. It’s painful to sit there and just listen because most of the time all I want to do is jump up from my chair and scream at them.

They discuss the lavish parties they have attended, the superstars they have met and how amazingly wonderful their children are at everything they do.

I have heard everything from a woman talking about a Hangover themed birthday party she

hosted, a couple who went to the Grammys last year, and the ins and outs of how to plan a bar or bat mitzvah.

This list does not even include the countless hours of Art Smarts, Nature’s Classroom and Back to School talk I have overheard.

Besides the annoying gossip and screaming kids I have to deal with throughout the day, I actually really enjoy my job. If there is any advice I can give to students who are looking for a job: look for a job that isn’t too stressful, perhaps somewhere where you can get real life experiences such as helping customers and working as a member of a team.

Don’t think that jobs will take away from your valuable homework time because if you find the right job like I did, it might not.

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