Help Teens Balance Jobs, College Apps

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College applications and after-school jobs can make the holiday season even busier for high school seniors.

Cassie Poncelow, a counselor at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, says many of her students enjoy working because they are somewhat forced into managing their time better.

But it’s crunch time for students applying to college, says Janelle Wibstad, a counselor at Oakes High School in North Dakota. She recommends all her students, even those who don’t plan on going to college immediately, apply to several schools so they have options.

High school jobs may enhance college applications, experts have told U.S. News, but they also come with some risks, including less time for students to focus on academics.

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