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Holloway drives-thru his busy days

TUES. | 11-09-21 | FEATURES

     The average high school student usually comes home, does school work and goes about their day, but there are some high school students who have jobs and play sports after school.Then there are  the students who do both, such as Rose senior Jacquel Holloway, who plays football, runs track, works at Dunkin and is also a military reservist.  

     Holloway has been working since his junior year. His first job was at Chick-fil-A, but he stopped working there due to the hard labor and low pay. Holloway currently works at Dunkin and has been working there since March. His hours at Dunkin are 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekends.

     Holloway carefully schedules his activities to make sure that his schoolwork is not affected by his job. He usually wakes up at 5 a.m. and works at the window. 

     “I come home, shower and I usually do schoolwork if I have to,”  Holloway said. “I also play video games.” 

     His schedule was more complicated when he worked at Chick-fil-A. He worked 38 hours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Last year, this schedule  didn't have a major effect on Holloway because he was doing online school due to Covid. 

     Working isn't the only thing Holloway does; he plays two sports: football and track. His position is defensive back, and his job is to guard the receiver. He also does triple jump and long jump in track. He has been participating in track since 7th grade and has been playing football since his freshman year.

     This year, Holloway's football practices start at 4 p.m. and last until 6:30. Even with his busy weekdays, he isn't bothered by the time commitment. To him, it's just his normal routine.

     “Being a student athlete and having a job does not have a big effect on my life; it just makes me really tired,” said Holloway. 

     Sometimes, though, disruptions to his normal routine throw off his social schedule, like the time he was planning to go to the fair but couldn't because of a last minute work schedule change.

     In addition to his regular day job, Holloway is also an Army 

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reservist which means he is part signed in the military and can still hold a civilian career. He has been an Army reservist since February. 

     “The reason why I joined the military is because it’s been my dream since I was younger,” said Holloway. “I want to travel and I feel like the military will help me do that.”  

     Holloway’s job as an Army reservist is a heavy equipment operator. Being an Army reservist does not have any type of effect on his participation or involvement because the Army supports his education, meaning that it will not negatively affect his school work or school activities.  

     Using his experience with having a job and playing sports, Holloway has advice for students who are struggling to balance it all. 

     “If you're going to be a student athlete and have a job,you should make your money and focus on the sport that you enjoy,” said Holloway.

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