Pitch: Working full time college students facing trouble with univerisity class schedule
I am interested in writing about the struggle of full time college students that need to work to make ends meet. In 2015, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce conducted a study that found more than 70 percent of college students have taken time from their studies to afford their education within the past 25 years. Universities should consider their students’ financial struggles and offer them resources besides financial aid (FAFSA) to help students succeed.
A friend of mine is in need of resources and would benefit from having more classes available. She has been at a two year college for four years due to time constraints. For the first two years of her college experience attended school full time to meet FAFSA requirements, however those classes were not part of her education plan. She had to take these unnecessary classes because the classes that she needed interfered with her work schedule. Due to schedule confliction with school and work she now finds herself taking online classes in hopes that she will transfer sooner.
At the age of 26, I am living proof that something is wrong with this current school system and their class schedule. I attended a two year college and was there for five years. The main problem I encountered while striving to transfer to California State University, Northridge (CSUN), was a dearth of classes. This shortage, along with my full time job, made it harder for me to attend certain classes.
For this project, I hope to interview two individuals currently attending university who are facing this issue, along with CSUN Journalism Advisor who helps determine the class schedule. I will also be incorporating my personal experience into this piece.