Eek... you're in a sticky situation. I'm of the firm belief that a student shouldn't work during high school if they're taking AP classes and doing extracurriculars. Hmmm... Man your situation is difficult! I guess the secret is just balance, and maybe to save one night a week for yourself and your friends. Request that you do not work on Wed. nights or something. I don't have a job so I could be making this up, but that's really the only way I can think of for you to stay sane in doing this!
If your going to take on the hours of a part time job you are going to have to let go of some of the other stuff you do. its the only way it will work.
Since you've already done some volunteer work, I would cut that out in order to be able to work. Good for you! You can do it!
Even with high goals for college, you shouldn't have to burn out on all the clubs. Choose one or two things, and go far in them. It should also be noted that most colleges like people who work more than they like people who were in stage crew or library club. However, if you like those things, stick with them. A part-time job you get could be on weekends, 8AM - 6PM or something. That way, you still have 6PM and beyond to hang out with friends on Saturday and Sunday (or homework if you need to).
Your school counselor can definately help you balance yourself.
First off, is it necessary that you work during your college career? School loans should help cover a lot of your costs. If working is necessary during your education, make sure you aren't working long hours. I currently work 40-50 hrs/wk and am taking 13 units in my senior year of college. Not easy and I don't suggest it..at all. I have a mortgage and bills to pay so I don't have much of a choice. Make sure you keep school as your top priority because the second you don't, you'll become another statistic. A college student that never achieved their degree. Good luck! P.S. - don't ever take a semester off...it's very hard to get back in the flow of things once you take one off.
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