Student Minds

What matters more, money or happiness?

By Patrick Fleming
On April 13, 2017

Though it is often said that people should pursue a career they enjoy, what if it meant they would not have as much financial success as others might?

On the opposing side, what if having a lot of money but a job one hates deprives them of a necessary part of life?

Students around campus were left to decide for themselves when they were asked whether they would rather have a job that they loved but did not pay much or if they would rather have a job that they hated but paid them a lot of money.

Many students believed that they would prefer to have a job that they love, however, they differed in why that was important.

"I want to have a job where I enjoy actually getting up in the morning and not dread it," Megan Espinosa, junior said. "[A] positive work environment for myself."

This raises the idea that many people are told about growing up, namely, self-fulfillment.

"I feel if you’re passionate about it, you’ll want to go to work," Karlee Linde, sophomore said. "[You will] want to do everything that you can in order to get better at the job and to better yourself and to better others and the job without getting the payment you probably deserve."

This helped give the idea that this decision of having a low-paying job not only impacted the individual doing the work, but in fact, helped those around them as well.

Yet, some may believe that one does not necessarily have to choose between two extremes, that in choosing a happy job, one may gain more money.

"[You] wanna be passionate about it, but at the same time, I feel that you should never have to pick a job based off salary because then you’re miserable."  Lacey Voth, junior argued. "As long as you love what you do, you’ll love the work and the money will just come along with it."

Though they were the minority, there are those who said that it is worth it to work a horrible job for money because of the ways that money may help them in the future.

"Well, if you have a lot of money from a job that you hate, you can retire early and then spend the rest of your life doing something you enjoy." Carson Childers said.

The two arguments between Childers and Voth are near opposites in how Voth believed that money may come from happiness while Childers believes that money may help one obtain happiness.

Using similar points, it does rely on the individual whether they even work, let alone if they are worth it.

In the end, this is a question that each student would have to answer on their own.

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