Thing1 never had a real job while in high school. He applied for several but they just didn't seem to want him. Their loss. So as part of his financial aid package for college we had him ask for to be part of a work study program. Not a lot of hours but enough for him to have an investment in his education.
His first day of work was Tuesday. So he was up for class early and work didn't end till 9:30 at night. Long time for someone who had never worked before. The boy sounded wiped. He also sounded like he accomplished something. He may get something other than an education out of this yet.