TomatoTomahto wrote:My next-to-go-to-college is my son who is a junior in HS now. He burns the candle at both ends as a high school student. His only course that isn't IB (International Baccalaureate) or AP is an honors physics course, but he is studying AP Physics-B and AP Physics-C independently and will be taking the test. He already has 2 AP grades of 5 as a sophomore, including in AP Computer Science, a course he didn't even take. He will be finishing the equivalent of the first two years of college calculus this year, and next year all of his classes will be IB or AP. On Saturdays, he goes to a class in the Columbia Science Honors Program. He is attacking his subjects, and is pumped up from the learning. I fully expect that he will approach college the same way. I mention this not to brag (well, only partially to brag), but to ask the question, where in all of this would he have time for a job? As it is, he seldom gets time to see his girlfriend and other friends, which I think is an important part of growing up.
Almost identical story to my daughter when she was in HS. In college unlike HS she isn't doing a varsity sport or a leadership role in debate (officer).
She works in her internship by choice (her costs are covered). I guess she likes it likes the money and is able to swing it.
She spends plenty of time with her BF, goes skiing/boarding etc.
It's also probably a school cultural thing - most of the students at her college have work-study or relevant paid internships.
If you went to a college where internships and work were not common, it would probably be tougher.