For the editor:

My name is Katelyn Gendron and I am a student at Lindbergh High School. Last semester, in my Human Anatomy and Physiology class, my partner Adriana Spangler and I studied the effects of high school work on a student’s overall health. After careful investigation, we have concluded that while employment can potentially be a simple way for a college student to earn extra money, employment can be extremely harmful to teenagers overall and can harm them in multiple ways.

Working as a teenager can have detrimental effects on a student’s academic and social well-being, as well as their health and safety. Students who spend more time working have less time to focus on school and often see a drop in their GPA due to less engagement in class. In a survey we conducted of 77 Lindbergh students, 39% of students felt that having a job negatively affected their GPA. Additionally, working students have a much higher risk of drug and alcohol use. Exposure to high levels of stress at work, and even exposure to colleagues who engage in risky behaviors, makes it easy for students to fall back on alcohol and smoking as remedies for their stress. In fact, our survey revealed that 15.6% of college students feel that their work increases their desire to use illegal substances such as drugs and alcohol.

Not only does work have negative effects on student behavior, but jobs directly affect student health and safety, as well as their emotional well-being. Many factors at work cause students to feel very stressed. Among the students surveyed, 79.2% of students said they had been stressed because of their work in the past month, and among these students, 28.8% had been stressed at work more than six times in the past month. . Not only are working teens more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and to be exposed to discrimination and bullying, but they are also more prone to physical injury. 33.8% of students surveyed said they had suffered work-related injuries in the past month, with me and my partner included in this statistic.

Overall, through our rigorous research and well-conducted investigation, we are able to conclude that employment has a very negative impact on students at Lindbergh High School. Students experience high levels of stress in their work, which destroys them in all aspects of their lives. Their social life is affected, as many students report feeling less confident and more engaged in risky behaviors. Their studies are affected, as many students report feeling disengaged in school and have lower grade point averages due to their workload. More importantly, their mental and physical wellbeing is impacted, as students report feeling depressed and report many injuries as a direct result of their jobs. Due to the popularity and pressure for teens to get jobs in today’s society, I think it’s important that people are aware of how teenage jobs strongly affect health. of a teenage student. After gaining some knowledge on the subject, people can make informed decisions about their own teenage employment status or, for parents, that of their students. By looking at the effects of a job on a teen from an outside perspective, teens can work with their parents to make the best decisions for their overall health.

Catherine Gendron
Lindbergh High School