High school is tough. Not pay-your-own-bills kind of tough, but still kind of tough.
Being shoved into lockers, shoving people into lockers, dating, partying, peer pressure, underage drinking (yeah, we know about that), driving, accidents, car insurance, driving school, being grounded for wrecking your first car... Whoa, wait - that was my high school experience. Not you! You're highly motivated, you're an overachiever, you work hard and play harder. You might not see yourself wearing a McDonald's apron; you want a student job that fits your personality. So who are you?
If your max bench is more than your bank account balance, two things are for sure: you're a jock, and you need a job. Why not put your time in the gym to good use with a job that suits your abilities? Your resume probably includes being the captain of the varsity football, basketball, and soccer teams, so chances are you're drinking more protein powder than milkshakes. Working as a lifeguard at your local pool is a classic summer job, or you could work year round at an indoor pool. Can't swim? No big deal, there's still hope for you. Working at your local gym or volunteering at the YMCA is a great part-time job for students, and it could get you free access to the only place you really want to be: the weight room. If you like muscle cars as much as actual muscles, you might even try getting your hands dirty somewhere like Jiffy Lube or Advance Auto Parts.
Let's be honest; we're all friends here. Your World of Warcraft subscription won't be paying for itself, so you're going to need some scratch to get your fix. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that it's high time you got a job. We know that means mingling with the n00bs of the world, but your wallet will thank you for it. Honestly, you'd probably pwn at anything, but a job hawking technology is probably right up your alley. Jobs at AT&T and hhgregg are great part-time jobs for any student, and they couldn't be more perfect for you.
The homecoming queen
Bringing sunshine to the lives of others just comes naturally to you. Looking cover girl-perfect, however, is a little more complicated. Prom dresses and makeup won't pay for themselves, so what's a girl to do? Play to your strengths. Build a career foundation by selling foundation at Ulta, or maybe bring a little cheer to the next generation of cheerleaders at Toys "R" Us, or even Babies "R" Us.
The drama kid/band geek/goth
We don't lump you together because we think you're the same. What you have in common is your creativity and your willingness to go against the grain. You could do a lot of jobs, and one day you'll rule the world while Freddie Quarterback mows your lawn (we put his paragraph first because we knew he wouldn't read this far). You've got a flair for the arts, so channel it into an awesome part-time job like working at AMC (even though working at a movie theater hardly seems like work). Movies not your schtick? How about photography? Working as a Picture People or JCPenney Portrait Studios will allow you to purge your creative energy.