My husband is an essential worker during this pandemic, and when my husband was no longer being put on the schedule at the grocery store, I began to have some anxiety about what to do next. To make matters more stressful I was laid off from my job as a research assistant at my educational institution due to COVID-19. I was terrified about how we were going to pay bills, especially since we had two small kids at home. I did not want our children to be afraid of what would happen to us.
I was in graduate school and just finished classes this past April and I have no idea how I am going to find a job and pay off my student loans during this pandemic. This is the largest amount of debt that I owe and one of my biggest concerns since there is no income coming into our house and we have had to take from our savings. I went to school for Social Work with a concentration in policy practice and a focus in urban policy. I cannot wait to work in the field that I went to school for, but I need some help in the meantime. I am requesting $40,000 to pay my student loans. This will assist with my family get out of poverty and to move forward to the next level in our lives. Though this is only one of many steps to getting out of poverty we will be greatly appreciative of anything that you are able to provide to us. We are running out of money and I do not want to ruin my credit from student loan debt along this horrific journey. This is an added stress for me.
As you may already know student loan debt does not go away regardless of the person’s financial or living situation. In my opinion, I think the fact that we absolutely must take out a loan to further our education is another conversation by itself. I have been lucky to receive any assistance from the state while I have been along this journey. In the end, I would like to give back to my community by giving to the food pantries/diaper banks and other organizations that assist with the unemployed and underemployed. I believe that this is the best reward after someone was able to get their life together by receiving services.