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by Andre M. Perry

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published in The Hechinger Report.

“I started to work side jobs in college to earn extra money; now all I have are side hustles,” said 31-year-old ride-hailing driver Andrea as she whisked me to the Chicago O’Hare airport. Andrea, who earned her college degree in English literature in 2012, is a temp in a law firm and drives people around on weekday mornings and throughout the weekend. Before that, she worked as a packer in various warehouses in the Midwest. Andrea estimated she has worked at least 10 to 12 jobs since graduating from college six years ago. “I’m still planning on being an attorney,” she said, though I’m not sure if she was trying to convince me, or herself. …

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