9 Things That Students Working Their Way Through School Understand
1. When someone who worked their way through school on the minimum wage in the 1970s says you could do the same.
2. When your boss schedules you to work during your final exams, even though you requested that time off.
3. When every office, from financial services to career services, is only open 9 to 5 — when you’re either in class or at work.
4. When you have to fit your reading for class in on your 15-minute breaks.
5. When you have an exam tomorrow, but you’re scheduled for the closing shift. Which means you won’t be able to study until you get home at 1:00 a.m.
6. When you add up the cost of tuition, books, transportation, rent, child care, and bills…and then compare it to your hourly wage.
7. When you try to remember the last day you had off with no work or school.
8. When you’ve worked full-time throughout college and your student debt is still $28,950. Which is average.
9. When everyone is talking about their Spring Break plans and you’re excited to finally get some sleep instead of rushing between work AND school.
Working students face all kinds of barriers when it comes to getting into and staying in school. Scheduling work around classes, paying bills, managing family responsibilities…the list goes on and on. Public policies and colleges don’t do enough to help students manage these challenges.