When students at William Byrd High School leave, they begin to face the real world. For many students, it will be a rude awakening due to their lack of work experience.
Many students prepare for the real world in high school by gaining knowledge of the workplace and raising some money for college.
One student, Briea Miller, is a sophomore and already working to save money for college.
“I love to work; it is a new found freedom to have,” Miller said.
Many other students have to pay for gas, car insurance, and other extra things they would like to have.
“I work at Wal-Mart, and I have to pay for gas and extra things I want,” said senior Troy Hoal.
Some students even manage a lot of AP classes at school, and maintaining a job.
Senior DJ Thomas works at Little Caesars and keeps up with his AP classes as well.
“I love working and having my own money. I am learning to become an assistant Manager,” Thomas said.
Some students are realizing that a job could be necessary to keep the freedom of driving.
“I don’t really do much of anything, but I am on a look for a job this spring and summer now that I am driving and have to pay for my own gas,” said junior Megan Hall.