There are several effects taking a job as an exotic dancer could have on my cousin's future. I have tried to persuade her to find a more dignified way to earn a living, but she insists there is nothing morally wrong with what she does. She knows I do not agree with her decision to dance for money, but she argues the fact that it is the only way she can make a decent income at this stage in her life. I warn her often that I am only looking out for her better interests in future goals, and if she continues any longer this will come back to haunt her.
Already in the present time this job has had an effect on her life and future. It has had major effects on her relationship with her boyfriend. They have had many battles over a strange man who sends her gifts at the club where she dances. This is a couple that once used to talk about the names of their future children, the color of their home, and the types of vehicles they would drive. Now the two of them cannot be together for more than one hour without arguing. .
The job also calls for long hours that are always late at night. This type of work schedule completely contradicts with her school schedule. Most nights she will not get home until 4:00 am, after dancing for eight to ten consecutive hours. She was once a straight A-student with near perfect attendance, now she barely makes it to classes, and I rarely see her working on schoolwork at home. If this keeps up she could even flunk out of school, which would be another negative effect on her future.
Her life long dream has been to educate toddlers. She wanted to be one of the first influences outside of family to assist children in gaining knowledge to improve their futures. Anticipating that she does eventually graduate college, her degree in Early Childhood Education would be of little use to her once a background check reveals her job held while attending college. With the restrictions and requirements set to become a teacher her credibility will be jeopardized by the job she worked to put herself through school.