Young and Broke: I’m Paying for My Own Education

I’m grateful of my parents for many things: bringing me into this world, my killer sense of humor, taking me to morning band practice in high school at 6a.m., etc. However, there is one thing that I’m grateful for that most people is crazy:

I thank my parents for making me pay for my own college education.

You’d think that any parent with the financial ability would just automatically pay for their child’s education. It’s their duty, right? Well, my parents decided to take a different route. They believe that paying for your own college forces you to do better. To them, if your parents are paying for your college, it doesn’t matter if you fail a class. Mommy and daddy can just pay for you to take it again. They believe that not only will I most likely do better, but that I will appreciate my education more if I pay for it myself.

What I love about this is that in my family, I’m treated like an adult. I may be the youngest of three and to my parents I will always be the baby, but they acknowledge the fact that they raised an independent and mature daughter. My parents were the complete opposite of helicopter parents. They gave me enough space to make my own mistakes, learn from them, and now I’m much more self reliant and stronger. To me, paying for my own college is my parents’ final lesson.

If I can do this, I’m ready for the real world.

There is, like all things, a down side. Like for instance, I’m broke pretty much ALL of the time. I live off of two loans, a grant, and a part time job, which – in the grand scheme of things – isn’t much. I live on a fairly strict budget, and it doesn’t have a whole lot of wiggle room. What really sucks is that most of my friends don’t have to worry about money. I only know a handful of other people whose parents don’t pay for college. I constantly have to tell my friends no whenever they want to go shopping, or go out to eat, or go for drinks. Even more, one of my best friend’s parents not only pay for college, but also pay her rent/utilities and her credit card bill. Am I insanely jealous? Of course I am. However I know that I can’t have everything that I want and have learned to do without. (I’ve also become the master and bargain hunting, but that’s another story for another day.)

With this being the start of my senior year, I’m starting to freak out a bit. I REALLY have to find a job after graduation, otherwise not only will I not be able to pay rent, but I also won’t be able to make my loan payments. What gets me through, though, is knowing that if my parents have enough confidence in me to survive in the real world, then dang it, I can do it.

I made it this far, didn’t I?



  1. Megan says:

    I luckily had grants and scholarships in college, just one small loan, but I had to support myself. Actually, I've had to support myself for a long time. After I got my first job my parents would pay for all my essentials but nothing else. Now I live completely independently of them while a lot of people I know who have graduated from college are still living with their parents and on their parents dime. Making me financially independent is something I thank them for everyday.

  2. Emma says:

    While I applaud the spirit of this article, I'm left a little puzzled. I know its really important to be an independent self-sufficient young women. What I'm not sure about is if coming out of college with debt is a marker of either independence or self-sufficiently. You said your parents didn't pay for your college so you would take it more seriously but isn't being an adult knowing what things to take seriously and what to prioritize even if you're not forced to? By the tone of your article I doubt you would have felt that you could have just failed a class anyway, you seem really motivated but is that simply all due to your financial situation? Or do you think you would be equally motivated if circumstances were different? The other problem is job prospects are bleak for a lot of post grads (myself included) and are your parents really doing you a favor by not contributing at all if (or when) they could? Basically im wondering if your independence may be temporary as so many of my friends who had work study jobs and paid their own rent/bills and tuition for 4 years are now living back at home still waiting for that summer job that never showed up.

  3. Becca says:

    It's amazing that you're already doing so much for yourself at so young an age, but I would be careful before assuming that if parents are paying then it doesn't matter if you fail a class. I personally am thankful that my parents pay for my tuition (though I pay for housing/food by being an RA and everything else by having another job on the side), but if I failed even one class I know payments from them to the school would stop. I wouldn't fail anyways (most people didn't fail in high school…even though public school is mostly free). My best friend, who's parents pay for everything while she is in school, totally acknowledges the gift they are giving her and is using the opportunity to buckle down, lead a club she loves, learn several languages, and prepare to apply to get her PhD and eventually become a professor. She studies all the time and works harder at her classes than anyone I know. I feel you are painting us on the other side of the equation with a very broad brush.

    They are using this way to teach you a valuable lesson, but that doesn't mean that the other way is wrong. I don't think you meant it this way, but your article came off slightly condescending. I am also treated as an adult in my family. Even once I am completely out of the nest, however, I hope I never stop learning from them and they never stop teaching me.

  4. Lisa says:

    Everyone who pays for their education knows that there's a significant difference between how you look at your education paying for it yourself and the way your friends who don't do. Its not that kids who don't pay for their own education don't work hard or care…but they're definitely more sheltered, and to say that they're adults in the same way a student supporting themselves are is ludicrous. They may acknowledge the gift, but they don't know entirely what they're getting.

  5. Holly says:


    It was funny reading your story because I am in the exact same situation as you are. I go to a very expensive university in the city, and nearly all my friends live off their parents, or their trust funds, or mommy and daddy's credit card. It is also my senior year, and I am in the same boat wondering what is going to happen when I get out. I disagree with a lot of the comments people have left you about how being in debt is not being an adult (its not something you can help), but completely agree with Lisa in saying that people who support themselves from a young age are absolutely more adults than those who don't. I mean its not saying that these people wouldn't be able to support themselves or aren't going to succeed in the adult world, but I really feel like I have learned things that my other friends haven't about saving money and budgeting and bargain shopping too. Yes my parents are there when I make a mistake, but ultimately I am in control of my college career. I think that you are amazing for doing what you did, and I wish you luck in the future and we will pay off that debt someday girl!!

  6. L says:

    If I was a parent I would make sure from an early age on that I am prepared to help my kid pay for college tuition, regardless of how much it might learn from paying it by itself. College is a time of learning, working hard but also having fun and feeling lighthearted and somewhat sheltered for maybe the last time in your life. It shouldn't be a constant financial struggle. I think college students should definitely be able to support themselves and not rely entirely on their parents for tuition or expenses, but having no financial help at all seems cruel. It is simply a matter of education whether kids appreciate and understand the financial burden that their tuition might be to their parents or not. My parents help me with parts of my tuition but neither I, nor my friends in the same situation would ever be ok with failing a class because 'mommy and daddy can pay'. If anything, my parents supporting me financially is even more of a motivation to do well and pass all classes. You can have parental support and also be an adult, it's all a matter of how you were raised and what attitude you have towards money.

  7. Ellen says:

    I'm in a similar boat as you. My parents were never able to save up college funds for neither myself nor my brother, thus both of us had to borrow our way through school. I don't resent my parents for not being able to pay for college, but when I look at how much money I will owe by the time I graduate, I can't help but get a little worried. I also work part-time and I don't make much, so I know what it's like to be broke most of the time haha. I'm confident that the economy will turn up and that you'll find a job!

  8. Lucy says:

    I come from South Dakota where nationwide, students graduate with the most debt ($22,000). Wanna know why? We pay for it OURSELVES because a) our parents expect us to be self-sufficient b) they can't afford it either c) both.

    Yadda, yadda about people saying you're damaged for having debt. I say, "Bravo!" College debt can be paid off the same as anything else.

  9. Mel says:

    My parents pay for my college, housing, books, and give me an allowance. I'm well aware how amazingly lucky I am. I also try extremely hard at school, not only for myself but also to show my parents that I respect how much money they are putting into my education. If I failed a class, they would make me pay to take it again, no question. I will have to get a loan for my last year or so to help them out, but my parents didn't want to saddle me with debt and/or make me work long hours at a job to pay for my education. They want me to focus on learning and getting my degree, which is why I'm here in the first place.

    I have a lot of respect for my parents money, I would never take advantage of their generosity by treating their investment in my future lightly.

  10. Mel says:

    Oh, I should also mention that I go to an in-state school. If I was going to a private or out-of-state school, I would have to get loans out because my parents wouldn't be able to afford that kind of tuition.

  11. Emily says:

    Your story is very similar to my own, and I agree with graduation looming the debt at the end of the tunnel is a wee bit scary. At the same time I think those of us who have paid our way through school are a little more self sufficient I know if I want to do something I need to figure it out myself. I've noticed that friends who have had their parents pay for school don't necessarily have this attitude. I want to shake some of my friends who think they can't pursue opportunities because Mommy and Daddy aren't going to pay for anything after college. You can find a way to do anything, cut the cord and rely on yourself!

  12. Charlotte says:

    This article is a breath of fresh air compared to some other posts on here. My parents also asked that I finance the majority of my education (they helped me a bit in undergrad, on the condition that my marks were good, and then I got myself through grad school). In the end, I'm grateful for their take on things and basically letting me sink or swim upon graduation. Honestly, the financial strain on top of academic/relationship/friendship issues is character-building, and it's value is unfortunately something a lot of college students don't understand, because they DON"T have to make that level of sacrifice for their education.

    As far as graduation goes, I can definitely relate to the fear–I was the same way. Just apply for jobs early and keep an eye out for freelance work while you're looking for jobs. Good luck with everything!!

  13. alison says:

    My parents completely support me and I will admit I am sheltered but I am so grateful to them for paying for my education. My program is really stressful and tough and I'm busy enough as it is so I can't imagine what life would be like if I had to financially support myself with a job.

  14. alison says:

    I also respect what you're doing because I know so many people whose parents won't pay for college and as a result, they don't go to college. I scoffed at them but never said anything because I can't relate. I enjoy hearing stories about how being broke is no excuse for not getting an education.

  15. collegegirl says:

    FINALLY someone I can relate to. Sure I feel down sometimes because I wish my parents could afford to pay for my college education, but it is MY education afterall. Thank you for making me feel better about my situation :)

  16. CB says:

    I agree with a previous poster…if your parents CAN afford to help you out, why would they saddle you with such a massive debt in such a rocky economy? There is no promise of a job in 10 months, and depending on your field, it may not happen for a few year. And then what? You can't just not pay back loans forever and interest builds quickly. Would you even have the option to move home if you can't afford rent, food and loans or would letting you do that be against your parent's ideas of making you independent? Most don't want to move home, but sometimes it is the only choice to avoid even more loans and debt. Just because they help you pay for school doesn't mean you don't appreciate it any less. I work harder and get better grades then some people who pay for it them self. I also have a clear idea of my future goals- much better then some who pay themselves. I think it is the person, not the financial situation, that decides how independent or 'into' school an individual is.

  17. Claire says:

    I don't think people should automatically assume that just because someone's parents are paying for their education, they're also paying for their nights out, rent etc. My parents are paying my tuition fees because they want me to have a debt free start in life. However, no way in hell are they going to pay my credit card bill.

  18. Stephanie says:

    I am going through the same thing. My parents helped me out for my first two years of college, but now, the start of my junior year, they want me to fend for myself and all I have is a grant, two loans and a part-time job, too. This post really gave me a sense of belonging, as if I'm not the only one in the world. You guys should do a series on this and the struggles you go through, because sometimes I find myself thinking, "How the heck am I gonna pay rent this month?" If I didn't have my faith, I would be insane and SOL.

  19. Jessica says:

    I'm so glad that you wrote this article, and that many of us are indeed in the same boat.

    I used to be a little resentful, but I finally realise where my parents are coming from when they make me pay for my own college debts. I'm going to know how exactly to manage my finances and appreciate the value of money. Plus, I get the imaginary holier-than-thou halo… that unlike the lucky ones, I don't take my opportunity to attend college for granted…and I did it ON MY OWN. :)

    Rock on, fellow sistas!

  20. Nicole says:

    I too had to pay for my college education. I was able to pull of good grades, manage a club and carry a couple of part-time jobs while I was at school. Even though I owe money now, due to loans, I'm glad that I was able to put myself through school. I feel like I'm more responsible and can manage the real world. I graduated in 2009 and even though I don't have a full-time job right now, I can manage a budget and I'm able to live pretty decently with two part-time jobs.

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  22. Stephanie says:

    I completely agree. My parents were exactly the same way… They wanted me to be self-reliant and know the value of the dollar. At the time, I hated it. My friends parents paid for everything for them. Now, I think I got the better end of the deal.

    After high school, I hated my college and felt like I needed to do something different SOOO I joined the Marine Corps. It was the best experience of my life. Yes, it was hard. But mostly it was fun, plus I was surrounded by hundreds of Hotties everyday. 4 years later, my friends from high school are struggling to find jobs/make ends meet without help from mommy and daddy. Meanwhile, I am finished with my enlistment and had no problem finding a job (employers love veterans, esp during war time) and will be going back to college next semester. While I may have missed out on the traditional college experience, I got REAL LIFE experience instead. Bonus: now I can thank all of the tax paying citizens for funding my education (and my paycheck for the last 4 years) which I will not have to pay for, thanks to the GI bill.

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  24. Andrew says:

    It sounds condesending because it is, and it SHOULD BE. I did the same thing, got by with scholarships, and worked part time while going to school in order to pay for rent and utilities. My roommates had everything paid for them…as a matter of fact, my roommates parents bought him a condo, and I had to pay him rent while he went to school. He would use my money that I worked for to buy beer! Their parents paid for their cars, their food, their rent. I bought all my stuff by myself. When we all graduated my roommates came to me asking how to get a 401k, how to pick car insurance, how to do taxes etc. etc. I had no debt because I made sure I budgeted correctly. For me it was never "I am going to not pay for college" it was "I can't afford it, so make good grades in school" Also…I'm never moving back home because I figured out how to budget and take care of myself. Some people who aren't independent do not know the meaning of WORK so they can be little bitches and say stuff like "What about the economy?" Here's an idea: be good at your major, and do something that is in high demand! Imagine if you didn't have your parents, and you were in foster homes your whole life? Some people have great lives just because they were born with great lives. Some people work for it, and deserve it.

  25. Natalie B says:

    I think it all depends on everyone's individual situations. I know people whose parents are paying for their education and they make good grades and are extremely grateful, but I've heard of people who party on mom and dad's money too. I also know people who are doing well in college and paying for it all themselves and are very independent and I know people paying for college who are not doing well and are not independent. Everyone is different and everyone has been through different situations throughout their lives. Just because one person's parents does not pay for their education, doesn't mean that another person's parents are doing or not doing that exact same thing.

  26. Melissa says:

    I get the feeling that if SaraBeth's parents suddenly offered to pay for her college she wouldn't turn them down on the merit of being treated like an adult,learning the value of the dollar, and all that. My parents are in a position where it's easy for them to pay for my tuition, so they do. However, I attended community college for free for two years thanks to a state program and while there was accepted to the national honor society for two-year colleges. To say that all those who have their college paid for by others take it for granted or aren't adult sounds like a statement based on jealousy not fact.

  27. […] here you have it, kids.  And one last piece of advice: if you’re shelling out thousands for school, try to limit skipping class to the mornings when you’re just too hungover to get out of bed. […]

  28. Andrea says:

    Sarabeth, I want to give you a hug! Paying for your own education is hard, I’m doing it as well and am also a Senior this year! Yet, you did imply a blanket statement that all those who have their college paid for take it for granted, which isn’t necessarily true however I Definitely agree there is a hefty majority of kids out there ridding the five year plan on Mommy and Daddy’s money! I want to add also that even if you don’t get a job pertaining to your degree right after college doesn’t mean your not independent or still cant make it on your own, because by paying for your own tuition, I know from personal experience, you will have the skills and experience to manage the bills after college with any job you even if it means picking up few extra night shifts at the local bar.There’s just no better way of knowing how to do these things then previous experience in actually doing it. AND just wanted to add that the feeling of accomplishment is a far greater one! One last thing, my parents are the ones who made the decision for me to go to college why should they be expected to pay +$15,000 a year for something they aren’t involved with, personally I think parents who pay for their children’s college should use that money for vacations or an even better retirement plan, invest in themselves after all the hard work they have done. There has always been the saying ” I want to give my children everything I didn’t have”, to what extent? Just so you (the parent) can keep working hard like you have your entire life because you didn’t have much so you had to work extra hard for what you wanted, so your kids don’t have to work? Doesn’t make sense to me. My parents have always told me, “where there is a will to make it happen, there is a way to make it happen”, if you want it bad enough you will find a way to make it work even if you do graduate with a debt, can be repaid, and will be if you work hard enough to get it paid, correction if you have the will to get it paid and have the will to work to pay it. Which drives my point home, you only learn how to do this through practice, and finding the means to pay your way through college is great practice for the real world because Hello, ding dong under grads, the world is always THE REAL WORLD, your perception of it changes, relativity my friends, its all relative, Sarabeth and I here seem to understand that.

  29. llanet says:

    girl, i love you… see i'm a mother of 4 teens and a grandmother of 2. it's so true, to learn to be independed. i raised my own kids. now , there older and i want to go to school again for me. my oldest duaghter and me are going back to flcc. into nursing school. now, i'm doing for me., but you have all your future to plan. your parents are real parents. knowing how to learn life , is how far and knowing how to get back on track.your young and you have knowledge that 80% of teens don't have. bless you and i know you have a good future in front of you. if you can , it's been a long time , i have been in school. a little scared, but excited. can you give me an idea of how to get ready for that.. i would love to know your thoughts . thank you .

  30. Leonard says:

    You have very wise parents. I followed this approach (in a more limited sense) with my own children. The results were very responsible and self-sufficient adults of whom I am very proud.

  31. brittany says:

    Finally! An article on this website that doesn't glorify being a spoiled, hard-partying, bed-hopping little twit!

    My parents can barely support themselves, let alone me. I work full time to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly, and I go to the community college down the street, where I'm taking as many classes as I can before I transfer. It's taking me a lot longer than most people, since my job has to come first, but it's my only choice. It *is* hard, but I'm actually glad I didn't get shipped off to a university dorm straight out of high school on someone else's dime. There's no way I was mature enough to handle that at the time, and I had no idea what i wanted to do with my life either.

  32. Shweta says:


    You are really great. You are so patient and contended. If I was in your place I would argue with my parents nor go depressed but you are handling everything very well. I denied when my parents asked me to look after myself. You are being forced to focus on loans and studies and not anything for fun.

    You said you are the youngest after 3. Your co borns had the same thing form your parents or it is just to you?

  33. Erin says:

    I didn't get help from my parents for school either – they couldn't afford it. I definitely agree that it's a character builder and makes you much better able to handle your finances when you're done.

    One nitpick: I would be careful to say that you are "paying" for your own school. There are a lot of people who work full-time and go to school in the evening. They don't take out loans but pay as they go, and tend to get disgruntled when folks like you (and me) are living off loans and grants but say they are paying for school.

    I had scholarships and loans in my name, like you, and I tend to say I was responsible for all my educational costs or that I financed my own education, just to be clear.

  34. Star says:

    I'm in the same boat but not because my parents don't want to pay, but rather because they can't. They have to pay over $1,000 a month to provide health care for me and for them. Other than the health insurance (which I would have to go without if they weren't helping me) I pay for my college and for everything else from food to clothing to rent, etc. I'm going to graduate with $15,000 in student loan debt which really worries me but I'm prepared to handle it. I'd rather not be in debt, but I can afford to make the monthly payments so I'm just taking it one day at a time and balancing my budget very carefully.

    If a parent wants to give out money to their children that's fine but when you're in college you should get your own extra spending cash. They shouldn't be paying your credit card bills or buying you new clothes every weekend like some of my friends' parents do. These friends (or I should say ex-friends) always threw a fit whenever I wouldn't blow my money on shopping trips every weekend. Finally I ditched them and found new friends who have a clue what it's like to be real adults.

  35. A.G. says:

    I have a 50% off scholarship, a grant, and a stafford loan which pays for tuition, housing, and books. My parents pay for food and entertainment because if i got a job while in school my grades would suffer and it's the only way i am keeping my scholarship! so my overall GPA always stays 3.5 or above. I plan on working during the holidays- winter break at a borders bookstore or Nordstrom department store. Nordstrom department store pays like $15-$23 here in Honolulu. Business is always booming since it is a tourist destination. I feel so blessed. I am a New Yorker who got a scholarship to a tier 1 university in Hawaii. Crazy!

  36. jnfercok says:

    That's a very good thinking, this surely helps to be more responsible and have a better understanding about spending the money. I had scholarship but then to I used to work to pay for the additional expenses myself. Though, my parents insisted but I opted this to be a better option as even my brother opted to have this way and realized the importance in the making of a good and a sensible person, I'm just following his footsteps.

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  37. […] knows what you might learn? So here you have it, kids.  And one last piece of advice: if you’re shelling out thousands for school, try to limit skipping class to the mornings when you’re just too hungover to get out of bed. […]

  38. Jessica says:

    I am also paying completely for my living expenses and college education. I had to get straight As in a school and a 34 on the ACT to have any hope of affording college through scholarships. I work full-time in the summer and part-time during the school year for living expenses.

    I have many peers who came to a college with a car and daddy's credit card and all the niceties that go along with that. Last summer, while I was working 60 hours a week between two jobs, they spent last summer on an all expenses paid study (or party) abroad. They complained about hangovers, and stupid boys they met at parties, and how Oh My Gosh Those $500 Boots I Wanted Were Completely Sold Out. All the while I'm sitting here scheduling to double up my plasma donation schedule so I can afford groceries next week.

    Some of them may go their whole lives without any serious worries because they'll graduate on their parents' dime and get a cushy job at the firm of the friend of uncle so-and-so. It's unfortunate that many parents choose to actively shelter their children from personal responsibility. I do know SOME people who are able to receive so many blessings and still become mature, responsible adults. I know MANY MORE who just don't get it! Their trivial worries, which amount to glorified high school drama, lend them obnoxious attitudes that only worsen as they age.

  39. Sharon says:

    I have immense respect for people who put themselves through college because they have to, but still think that parents who can pay for college should. If you can’t teach a child to be responsible and hardworking without creating false hardships for them, then you’re doing something wrong. I don’t believe in parents withholding money strictly on principle unless their child is a certified brat by the end of high school. Reasons:

    1) It’s unnecessary and a waste of time to teach children to deal with situations that they wouldn’t face naturally. Why would you NOT help your child avoid undergraduate debt if you can? It’s a situation with limited use unless you’re paying off undergraduate debt…which you wouldn’t be, if you weren’t put in that situation by your parents. Yes, debt can arise later…dealing with it can be learned abstractly, without being in a forced-debt situation. Use the time you would spend on a part-time job learning how to put yourself in the best financial situation possible for the future. It’s all about efficient allocation of time and energy.

    2) Speaking of efficient allocation of resources, forcing a child who you COULD help financially to take out loans on principle or participate in work-study uses money that could have helped students who actually need it because they CAN’T pay.

    I believe that character can be built in any situation. I fully realize that I will be poor once my parents cut me off after four years; I’m taking advantage of the time I have to make myself as good a candidate for a funded phd program in the sciences when I graduate, and feel no obligation to “practice” poverty when I don’t have to.

    Lastly, some of us, even those whose parents are paying for undergraduate, resent as much as you do the “trust-fund kids” who feel they can coast by, use college primarily for partying, and get a job at “daddy’s firm” when they graduate. My dad’s unemployed. My mom’s a second grade teacher. My parents aren’t paying for my undergraduate education because they’re rich, and I’m not accepting it because I’m lazy. More than a careless gift, it’s a well-thought-out financial arrangement. Since I was very young, I’ve known the agreement: I work as hard as I possibly can, so do they, and we’re in this together for another four years because collectively, we can accomplish more than I could alone.

    I’ll never know what kids going through college on their own dime go through. I respect that. But please, check your broad characterization of the rest of us at the door; having responsible, reasonable parents doesn’t make me a bad person.

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  41. Laura says:

    To Sarabeth or anyone else that commented on this thread,
    I'm a student at Northwestern University writing a story on students paying their own way through college.
    Please email if you would be willing to be interviewed for my story.

    Thank you!

  42. Kamagra says:

    I have lots of peers who came to a college with a automobile & daddy's credit card & all the niceties that go along with that. Last summer, while I was working 60 hours a week between jobs, they spent last summer on an all expenses paid study (or party) abroad. They complained about hangovers, & dull boys they met at parties, & how Oh My Gosh Those $500 Boots I Wanted Were Sold Out. All the while I am sitting here scheduling to double up my plasma donation schedule so I can afford food next week.

  43. Ciel says:

    Hey I'm soo glad I read your article and all of the great comments underneath.
    My family took a big down fall when the economy went bad around 2009 and we have been struggling with money every since.
    My parents don't pay for my education, like most of you, and my tuition is over 8000 a year because I'm studying in McGill and out of province students (me) pays three times the normal amount.
    I've never resented my parents for not helping me out, heck, they can't even cover their own credit card expenses, and being their only child, I just can't bear the thoughts of putting more stress and pressure on their shoulders.
    I don't really get jealous at my wealthy friends though, I've had my fair share of trouble for being poor during high school, and overtime, built up this immunity against jealousy. But I just can't seem to find a way to have enough money to cover my expenses and it really really stresses me out big time. I spend hours and hours online trying to find a part-time job that'll provide enough money, but at the same time, won't severely affect my marks. It's such a pain. And moreover, the though of not being able to find a job after graduation because an arts degree is seen as useless on the job market these days, just kills me inside.
    I've been moving from place to place my entire life, and I've seen and heard and learned to be strong, to grit my teeth and persevere during hard times, but not being able feel hope is the worst kind of pain I've ever encountered.

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