Students juggle school, jobs


Photo by Kai Fernando

Junior Noah Farahmand works at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco. He delivers golf carts to people on the golf course on weekends.

Being a student comes with a lot of responsibility, especially for those who balance jobs with school. Having a job can sometimes hinder sleep at night, grades and all aspects of a student’s life. Three students shared how they keep up with their busy schedules.


Junior Audrey Weed works at Panera Bread on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. As a volleyball manager, Weed said she wants to spend more time working since the volleyball season is over.


“I’m always busy,” Weed said. “I only go home to sleep, but I like it because I don’t want to be bored.”


As an in-person student, Weed said she has a lot of time during the school day to get homework done.


“I have a free period, so I get [homework] done during that time,” Weed said. “I like not having to worry about homework at night because I get home late a couple nights out of the week.”


Weed said beside getting paid, a benefit of having a job is that it can help her in the future with time management in college.


“I can put it on my college applications, so they can see that I balanced a job and school at the same time, so hopefully [college admissions will] like that,” Weed said. “I imagine that I’ll be very busy and overwhelmed in college, so I’m preparing myself for that.”


Weed’s first job at Shipley’s Donuts didn’t give her much sleep at night which is what persuaded her to start working at Panera Bread instead.


“I was pulling all nighters multiple nights,” Weed said. “That just wasn’t reasonable to continue doing with school starting.”


Junior Noah Farahmand works at Stonebriar Country Club as Member Services on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., depending on which shift he is asked to take, and from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Farahmand said he doesn’t enjoy the tough hours.


Farahmand chose virtual-plus for school this year. He said he has time to get school work done on weekdays, but has to make sure he doesn’t procrastinate until the weekend.