Can Having your First Job as a Teenager Really Change your Life?

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“Playing college basketball requires a lot of hard-work. Having the opportunity to play college basketball isn’t given to you in your hands; it’s given to you by your performance on the court” says Sue Wicks, a WNBA Hall-Of-Fame from the New York Liberty. As a member of my high school girls’ varsity basketball team, this quote truly inspired me because I wanted to become just like her; playing college basketball after high school, volunteering my time working with kids and being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I had the opportunity to work with her at the Generation Fitness Center in the Newark Museum. Without having my first job at the Newark Museum, I would have never met Sue Wicks nor had one the best moments of my life. The best memories and experiences come with having your first job especially as a teenager.
Imagine yourself as a teenager: how would it feel to have your first job? For me, having a job means you have transitioned from childhood to adulthood. It means that you have a sense of independence and do not have to rely entirely on your family or friends for money. The feeling of independence is inspiring because you are matured enough to do what they want responsibly. Getting my paycheck every two weeks felt so rewarding because I was making money on my own. However, keeping a job can be one of the most challenging parts of any teenager’s life, especially while being in school.
In the beginning of my sophomore year of high school, I started working…