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While filling out my apps, I debated long and hard whether or not to include my one night per week waitressing job. Including it would show that I am a responsible young person, working her share, and it would be another varied extracurricular. Not to mention, I included it in one of my essays. The problem is, the job is under the table; My employers don't even know my last name. Therefore, there is no record of it. In the back of my mind I always worried "What if, by some crazy chance, they check and find no records. I could easily prove I worked there, but that would mean making it public that it's under the table and that could bring about consequences..."
In the end, the extra EC won and I included it on my app.
Now, it is time for money and as it's under the table, I don't want to include it so that I might get a little more money (an insignificant amount, really) and to avoid complications as to how much I actually make (it changes week to week) and why there are no taxes, etc. But, will colleges ever see this discrepancy? According to my application, I've spent 5-10 hours a week for the past 4 months working and yet according to FAFSA I don't have a job.