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Author, Kennedy Kiersey, represents her minimum wage swaggity in this selfie above.

Author, Kennedy Kiersey, represents her minimum wage swaggity in this selfie above.

Author, Kennedy Kiersey, represents her minimum wage swaggity in this selfie above.

by Kennedy Kiersey, Mirror Staff

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This past June, I got my first real job working at Wendy’s.

By real job, I mean something other than babysitter or cleaning.

At the time, I thought getting a job would be a good idea. I wouldn’t have to ask my parents for money anymore and be rejected.

I was also able to show my parents that I could be responsible.

I bought a car, and opened my own bank account to manage my money better all before my junior year.

Over the summer, I was averaging 20 hours a week, getting paid $7.25 per hour, which seemed like a good deal to me.

I was able to make money and stay out of trouble at the same time.

I also established close relationships with my co workers.

In short, I loved having a job.

Now here I am, four months later, wondering what the heck I was thinking when I decided to get a job.

Now, unlike during the summer, I have school.

Even worse, I decided it would be a great idea to dual enroll this year in a class at KCC.

Now getting a job seems like the biggest mistake of my life.

I am now experiencing what it’s like to be stressed, and not just a little stressed either, a lot stressed.

I come home from school every day and at least three of those five days I have to go into work from 4-8.

That leaves me hardly any time to get home, shower, eat, and do my homework.

I get stuck with the decision of either getting enough sleep and not finishing all of my homework, or I can get no sleep and finish all of my homework.

People ask me, “Why don’t you just cut back on your hours?” and to them I say, “Because that would be to easy, and reality isn’t easy.”

In reality, nothing is going to be just handed to me.

I need money?

That sucks, better go get a job since no one’s going to give me any.

I need clothes?

I’m gonna need money to buy some or else I’m going commando, and no one wants that.

In the real world, when I’m living on my own, I won’t have my parents to rely on, so why not practice now, so I know what to expect.

It reality it wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t such an expert at procrastinating.

Like this article that was due Friday. It is now Sunday and I’m still trying to complete it.

I do have to admit that the whole juggling all my time around thing is getting better now that I’m slowly getting used to it.

But I still wouldn’t recommend anyone do it, ever.

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