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Yeah, unfortunately many high school kids never learn about "real life" until after they leave, some not even until after college, which is a shame. The real world is tough and money is hard to come by, so I think having a job in high school is a really important learning experience. On the other hand, I also think it's good for young people to know that there are adults out there (even if we aren't rich and famous) who acknowledge the hard work that kids do and that they can get rewarded for that work. When I was in school I always thought that all adults (except my mom) thought I was irresponsible and childish, which was very frustrating for me because I've always been an "old soul" and a very responsible person. It made me so angry that no one ever said, "good job" or "keep it up" or anything encouraging. It was always "try harder" and "stop complaining" etc. Even though I got perfect grades in high school (literally, I got an award for all A's, all academic subjects, all four years) no one seemed to care. My stepdad (the jerk that he is) even made jokes about paying me to fail classes for once. He told me I could have $20 for every B I got, $30 for C's and $50 for D's. $100 if I failed. Who knows if he was serious, I never obliged him LOL.
But I think it's really important that you know, Abby, that you're doing your best and that your best is great.
Just keep going!