Most high schoolers want money, which means some form of a job. But with hectic schedules, many students settle for babysitting or dog walking, trying to get the cash they want while keeping the grades they want. However, some students go above and beyond in the ways they get their paycheck,
sporting jobs unknown, surprising or even considered odd to many of their peers.
One student takes her love of art to work. Genevieve Symons, a sophomore, works at Squirrelly Art Studio, where she gets to have the opportunity to work with young children and art. Symons likes to “inspire them with their ideas that get stuck a lot”, and enjoys helping kids with their crafts. She says sometimes it’s hard because “everyone is working on something,” but when that happens for her, she just asks the art students about their day and learns about the children’s
personalities. Symons really loves working with kids and arts and crafts, and, when asked if she found her job rewarding, states “I definitely do”.
Another student also uses crafting in her job, but of a more concrete kind. Maddie West, senior and a captain of the girls cross country team, works at Karlstrom Associates, a small construction company. As the youngest worker and the only female who works on site jobs, one would think work would be a challenge for her, but she does “enjoy the hands on stuff” such as “filling in nail holes”. West really enjoys doing construction, and saves her money for future
Certain students, thinking ahead even further in their future, have grabbed jobs that will lead into opportunities for their lives and occupations ahead of them. Jacob “Santa” Welsh, a senior involved in RHS drama, is a starting as a stage manager at the Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, as well as working at Roosevelt for 3rd parties that want to use the stage for performances. Welsh says he will “ultimately want to do set design, but stage managing is just a way to get work in theater”, especially in Seattle. At the Bathhouse, he is doing stage managing for a predominantly high school cast, and thinks that working with his age range will be a good way to start out his job. Welsh says “the Bathhouse is fairly prestigious and I will be very excited to work there.”