Tertiary students should move out of their comfort zones by taking on part-time jobs that allow them to not only become more independent, but also experience how hard it is to earn a living.
They will then realise that they have been taking things for granted and start appreciating everything they have.
Before I started working, I would spend my allowance carelessly as I knew I could ask for more when I ran out of money.
After I started working, my attitude changed. I can never forget the sense of satisfaction I felt when I received my pay for the first time.
I had to work very hard just to earn that tiny sum of money, and I began to appreciate the allowance that was given to me and to spend it only on things I really needed.
I have friends who work after school, but this does not affect their studies and they are coping well.
Working during the school holidays is ideal as it does not clash with school, especially for students who are unable to manage their time well.
I hope every student will give part-time work a try.
-Jessika Ang Siew Wah, 19, polytechnic student
This article was first published on July 16, 2014.
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