Project Description

  • How many students have a job while also in High School
  • Where do the earned wages actually go (i.e. family or personal expenses)
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic effected a students ability to work

Content: The top 3 things I learned from this showcase were:

Aivy
I was definitely super surprised by how many people have jobs. Since I am older for my grade, I was just used to being the first one and the only one with a job. If I had to dig deeper into this project I would’ve interviewed people who know more.
I have learned to not judge a book by its cover.  Some people work to help at home because they have it rough, that is something that I fortunately have never had to deal with but I respect the people that do work to help their family.

Aurora
At first, I did not fully understand the importance of Student Showcases.  After seeing how many people actually have jobs it opened my eyes. I saw how many people worked to help out their families and were in the same situations as I am.
For the people who said they did not work, I would have asked to see if they did not have to work or if they just didn’t have the time to work for more than four hours maybe twice a week.

Culture: This project relates or connects to my family, background, peers, community or my own personal interests in these ways:

Aivy
I grew up in a very hard working household. My mom is an aerospace engineer who works 12-14 hour shifts 6 days a week.
I am used to working around the house. One of my biggest goals has always been able to pay my parents back in some way just to show my appreciation for them.
I think this topic can help people see that money is not easy for everyone. Not everyone grows up as lucky as some others. We have to continue to relate to people and view things from their perspectives.

Aurora
I came into this thinking that only a certain amount of students would work to help out their household.
A lot of different cultures stated that they contribute to the home/family where as others said they worked to just spend their money on themselves.
I work because my parents taught me that I have to work for my money and I have to learn how to manage my money with insurance, gas, bills etc.

Metacognition: In reflection, one thing that I would have done differently during my journey with this showcase is:

Aivy
If I were to do this project differently, I would plan more ahead of time and ask more specific questions so I could get even more accurate answers.
I would also try to put out more surveys so that we are testing a bigger group. The fact that so many people work to help out at home has taught me that not everyone has it easy. I shouldn’t take what I have for granted.

Aurora
If I were to do this presentation differently, I would have chosen five people of  different cliques at this school. I would try to get ten different groups of five and ask them how their home lives are and if they work. I would ask how many people are in their households, how many people work in the household (who are eligible to work), and why do they work?

Social/Emotional: One thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase is:

Aivy
Seeing more than ¾ of the people we surveyed made me think about how more people than we know have jobs. It’s that fact that we don’t know why people work. We don’t know how everyone’s home life really is.We all have different things we work for, different things we strive for. For me, one of the things I try to do is not ask my parents for money when I don’t have to. If you ask my parents why they work they’ll answer simply with “for my kids”. I can only hope to be as successful as my mom and provide for my kids.

Aurora
When I saw the amount of hours some people worked it had me question if they either get paid really good or do they just not have to work as much because their family may help them. I just always go back to how I am being raised and how I am told to save my money because I am not in a household that has a lot of money.
I learned to asked people about their jobs and if their parents are having them save money and to help them at home, or if their parents don’t care about their money.

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