Last semester I worked two jobs and barely made it through the semester with all A’s.
I had to quit one of them halfway through the semester to make sure I finished out the year strong!
Next year, I have a job I can manage with my academic work that pays $100 a month, but I still have to pay rent, buy food, and be able to commit to my studies. It is not realistic to think that $100 will last me a month. Especially when rent is $250.
My parents have struggled to help me out. They are in a stage where their incomes are large enough combined to make the Pell Grant unreachable for me but small enough that most college expenses are a stretch for them to help me out with. I would really like to get a head start on tackling my student loans before I graduate, especially because asking for parental help is not an option.
The loans I have accumulated from only two years of college are excruciatingly large and I am constantly stressed wondering if I will get a quality job to pay them off in a timely manner. I have some scholarships that help pay a portion but still have a large sum to pay for housing.
My focus is on Mass Communication with an English minor. I have promising positions for the next year as editor in chief for our literary journal and content manager for our newspaper but am only two years into my college career with $24,000 in loans. Very scary. I work hard because I know it will pay off in the future but I don’t have a set career path. I won’t be a doctor, nurse or professor. I won’t make loads of money in my first year after graduation. Job security plagues my mind but I’m trying to view my college education as an investment instead of a burden. It truly has allowed me to grow as a person much more than if I would have stayed at home. For that, I am very thankful.
I’m not asking for $20,000, but any amount will help to lower the costs that are on my shoulders at the age of 20. Even if it was a small amount enough to cover rent each month. I would be so so grateful to have some of these stresses lifted from my mind so I can make the most of my experience instead of stressing about the future. I just want to focus on becoming a solid, strong member of the workforce when I graduate. I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t care.