A shout-out to all of those people working hard in order to afford their own education. This one’s for you.
This article was originally posted for The Odyssey on July 18, 2016.
Some people are fortunate enough to depend on their parents or other means of money to pay college. Keep in mind, however, that some people aren’t, and those people are going be the hardest working, persevering bunch you’ve ever met. Their entire future literally depends on their hard work. Here’s an article for all you working your asses off in order to pursue higher education. Keep on, keepin’ on.
1. “What do you mean you can’t afford that? You have a job.”
2. “Why don’t you just ask your parents for money?”
Do you think that I would be working my butt off if my parents could afford to send me to college? Also, that’s rude. I only ever ask my parents for money when I absolutely require it. They have their own bills and expenses to pay for.
3. “It’s not like GPA actually matters though.”
You really lost me on this one. Most students need a high GPA to keep their scholarships, and their loans. Not to mention GPA is the only thing that absolutely matters in college academics in the grand scheme of things?
4. “Can’t you just get loans?”
5. “How can you be broke if you work all the time?”
Have you ever looked at a tuition bill? Have you ever honestly looked at any bill ever? You exchange money in order to do things, like go to school. My bank account empties as soon as that tuition bill is due.
6. “You save your money? I could never do that!”
Except that it’s not just something I choose to do. I have to save my money or I can’t go back to school. Someone actually said this to me once. She was really surprised that I “wasn’t tempted to splurge when shopping.” If I could actually go shopping, maybe I would have that problem.
7. “I have a job! How else would I have spending money?”
8. “Just charge it.”
If I had a dollar for every time my freshman roommate said this… I would have enough to pay for next semester’s tuition. Just charge it to the credit card you’re going to have to pay off with more money later. I’m really glad I don’t have a debit card specifically for this reason; my bank account is a safe place for my money to rest before heading back into the hands of my college.
9. “Aren’t you, like, tired of working all the time?”
10. “I’m heading to (insert-tropical-island here) for Spring Break, what about you?”
11. “Do you ever not work?”
12. “Why did you pick that college?”
13. “I can’t wait to study abroad!”
I can’t wait to see your snapchats of your study abroad experience while I’m working. How can you afford to study abroad? How can you afford to buy things while studying abroad? I wish I could study abroad. I can barely afford studying remotely.