Student Insight: Work Hours and Mental Health


Across the East Hall campus, much of the student population works some form of job. Whether it is for a personal income or to provide for their family, many of our students work potentially long hours. The question is how long? Mr. Prest´s AP Statistics class collected information and graphed statistics of work hours from our student population.

As seen by this graph, there is a clear definition between the male and female work hours. A big difference can be seen between the genders that are working 20 hours and up, with more males than females by about 60%. More girls work 10 to 15 hours than boys, while more boys work 5 to 10 hours. Boys are shown to be the majority of the working force, with a large section of girls working no hours.


Overall, we can see that the largest 2 groups are the 0 hours and the 20 plus hours. Through this, we can conclude that the overall East Hall population are either not working or, through personal opinion, working too much. 

These findings can show us that there is a striking school-work balance many kids are juggling on a daily basis. These 20 hour a week jobs are unhealthy. It is important to remember that money is not the only thing that matters. Don’t ruin your own mental health just to earn some extra income. Unfortunately, a lot of these 20 plus hours kids must work to provide for their families. Teacher s and peers alike can learn from this information. 


Try to give some understanding to those friends that seem to always be tired and upset. These long work weeks are a clear factor in the mood for many of us.