Student decides to cut back on work to boost grade

Senior Enrique Camacho was working 12 hour days at the Rancho Grande Supermercado bakery, forcing him to make difficult decisions between school and earning a paycheck.

Martha Hernandez

Senior Enrique Camacho was working 12 hour days at the Rancho Grande Supermercado bakery, forcing him to make difficult decisions between school and earning a paycheck.

When we got out of school because of the coronavirus, I thought it would only last a couple of weeks and then we would go back to school. But after a month of not doing anything and staying at home bored. I realized that we weren’t going back to school anytime soon.

My dad asked me that he had found a new job and if I wanted to go work with him so I said yes because I would rather work than staying home all day. I started working at a bakery with my dad. I had already worked at a bakery when I was in 10th grade so I was already familiar with everything and how to do that type of work.

I liked that job, I would work every day and would only get one day off. I worked mostly around 55-58 hours a week. So I was there most of the time. This was around the time when the school had already ended so it was over the summer so I didn’t have to worry about any school work.

I worked there for almost four months. I didn’t really do anything outside of work so that’s why I worked a lot of hours. After I was able to buy my own car.

Later my dad found another job at a different barkery closer to where we lived so we moved to workplaces. It was only 5 minutes away from our house so we wouldn’t have to get up so early. At the other job, we would get up at 5:30 a.m. and get there at around 6. I worked there for 2 months before school started.

There was more work there. So I worked more hours there. I worked around 60-65 hours a week. At first but then I started to get more work and would usually work 11 and a half hours a day. At first, I would get really tired of standing up all day but after a while, I got used to it and didn’t mind.
What sucked is that I really didn’t have time to go out or do anything because I would go work at 6 a.m. and get out at 6 p.m. and by the time I got home, I took a shower it was already dark.

Then school started and it was kind of difficult doing both of them. It wasn’t that bad, but at that point, I had no time to do anything else. I would get off work, eat, shower, and then spend like 3 to 4 hours doing school work. And sometimes it wasn’t enough time to finish so I started to get a little behind on some work. And I was OK with working and doing school work in the afternoon, and most of my teachers were OK with it. But one teacher said that I shouldn’t and that I had quit going to work during school hours so I did.