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I Am a Poor College Kid

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    In a Bad Family

    I was born in a bad family. I always want to study but they don't support me.dey always make me hopless n uneasy. They don't care how many lesson I have learn. but I shouldn't blame them because I live with my sister N brother-in-law.N my  mum don't have enough money for me...
    simpleone simpleone 16-18, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2007

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    I'm taking 21 hours and I work about 20 hours

    per week and I think I'm doing a good job. But yes. I'm still a broke college kid. Especially since I'm being super frugal. I'm trying to pay for as much as I can. Part of that is for responsibility but most of it it simply because I don't want to hear my parents nag about it...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F Feb 7

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    So Poor I Had To Drop Out

    Only had one semester of college. Be fortunate your even in college, folks
    FortyTheRapper FortyTheRapper 18-21, M Oct 20, 2012

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    Loans

    Well, I created this group to see if there were others like me and its comforting to know that there are other poor college kids out there! I am very fortunate to be going to a great University, however, its costing me a great chunk of change. I am the first out my family to go...
    YellowstoneLady YellowstoneLady 21-25, F Oct 19, 2007

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    Not Anymore

    When i was in college i couldnt even afford my dinner!! I couldnt get a job as my college was pretty far away so i was out of town from 7:45 - 6:30 N after all the college work i was doing i was just to knackered!!! Most days i wasnt given money for food n i once shared...
    sazead sazead 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 8, 2007

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    An Impecunious Collegiate Meal

    I kid you not, this is a picture of one of my meals last week:    
    zeligocity zeligocity 22-25, M 6 Responses Aug 3, 2008

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    Paying Til I Die

    i am doing collage all on student loans.  over $100k at this point and just took another $20k for stuff... bills, bills, and bills.....  I'm never going to get them paid off, i swear, but its better then not going to school.... i just have to get a good job when I'm...
    destiny420 destiny420 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 3, 2008

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    Dosent Help That Im Jobless

    But with the help of my dad who lets me stay at home for free, im able to make it through. He also gives me gas money. The problem will be if i decide to go off to law school afterwords... thats when the struggling will realy begin >_> **UPDATE** I have a job but the pay is...
    Krie Krie 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 31, 2010

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    Money Buys Opportunity

    In our country, it is customary for the parents to provide financial support for their children's education even until college. In my family, i can not have a boyfriend until i reach the age of eighteen.   I am not a materialistic person. The only real thing that...
    miss1in6bliss miss1in6bliss 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 2008

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    Tuition Reimbursement!!

    Ok! I started my college degree when I worked for Verizon Wireless, and my recommedation to everyone who like me is in college - is to go work for Verizon Wireless if you can! Full time they give you 8,000 annually tuition reimbursement with no strings attached...
    mirage0egarim mirage0egarim 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 2, 2008

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    Yikes!

    I seriously never thought I'd hate PB & J....I was wrong.
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21 22-25, F 14 Responses Aug 4, 2008

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    I'm a Poor, Ranting, College Student

    i moved into an apartment b/c it was close by school and work... but i was stupid b/c the apt. costs nearly 2/3 of my monthly rent, not to mention things i need like food:phone:etc. i have been trying to get out of the lease b/c recently a more affordable apt. place opened up...
    lookinggood4you lookinggood4you 19-21, F Aug 30, 2007

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    AND I Have to Appeal My Financial Dependency

    INTRO: I'm a poor criminal law and folklore, I'm receiving nothing but grief from a selfish "guardian", and I haven't set foot on that property in nearly 2 years.    To make things quick, I have to apply for FAFSA aka the lifeforce of most college educations...
    hae hae 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 16, 2009

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    Well Actually...

    I think that with the loans, I'm pretty well off. Living at home (in the UK) going to a uni down the road, I have all the loan types, and was able to get the grants, and my Mum doesn't want rent until I've finished my driving lessons. I'm on roughly £70 a week, and I have...
    Kadini Kadini 18-21, F Oct 21, 2007

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    Right now I go to a Community College,

    but plan to transfer to a University to complete my undergrad. Trying to get a bachelor's in Biology then apply for P.A school. (Hopefully) I get in. People throw shade to Community College students, but I think we have the majority of real world problems that aren't normally...
    elephantastic elephantastic 22-25, F Jan 27

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    Getting By

    Not having family in this country it's pretty scary sometimes trying to make ends meet. But I'm always able to do it somehow... Can't wait until I find a way to make money and still leave my free time available... lol
    SmoothBabe SmoothBabe 22-25, F Dec 30, 2011

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    Hungry and Tired

    Well, obviously I'm pretty much broke and in school. I live in a closet-sized aparmtment with one other person and work a part time job in the heat of Phoenix just so I can pay to live in my over-priced closet with a leaky toilet. This week is the first time in about a year...
    Captainwinky Captainwinky 22-25, F Sep 6, 2007

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    Gonna Get Poorer-er

    I'm about to put myself in some major debt. The government sucks, the state sucks, cuz federal and state aid barely even scrape tuition. I am going to transfer to 2nd best art school in the nation.. $29,000 a year... thank GOD I'm only going for a year and a half. Me and my...
    sweetnightmare sweetnightmare 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 24, 2007

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    No Green Card = No Green

    I wouldn't be so poor if I hadnt stupidly decided to attend college in another country. With no green card, and not enough work on campus, I cant really work except for summers, when and if I go home. I suppose its my own fault, but at least it measn im buying less food, which...
    captncannuck captncannuck 19-21, F 2 Responses Aug 19, 2007

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    I am a scholar in a university. (It is one of the top universities in our country so it's really famous here). Almost all (85 -95%) of the students here are really rich -- some are...
    misselley misselley 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    I think going to a four year college is a bit overrated. I think there is a big scam to swindle money from broke college kids. I think that all of the general education courses are...
    SilentNynja SilentNynja 22-25, F Jul 15

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    Poor stupid kids, FBI's looking and listening to them
    hemititestone hemititestone 31-35, F Jul 13

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    I'm actually very poor, I never want any of my friends coming to my house because it's a dump, I'm homeschooled, I feel like I'm the "poor kid" to all my friends, they all have a...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F Jul 19

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    So I was going to share my whole college experience, but that would get long and boring so I'll just start after graduation. In the late summer of 2013 I graduated at 22 with a...
    Audino531 Audino531 22-25, F Jul 2

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    As a child, I was always the precocious one, the one out of the group of my friends who would receive the rewards and the recognition, the one that was looked up to, now looking...
    Nataliewoofwoof Nataliewoofwoof 18-21 a week ago

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    First of all i dont have a plan to have kids right now because for one , im gonna finish college two, im still a minor, and three who the heck would want a kid this age? Anyway...
    PartyPoison04 PartyPoison04 13-15, F Jul 17

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    I turned 18 on may 30 and graduated school last year (bc i live in a country where the school year is march to november) and i already miss it. I miss being a teenager, but most of...
    sinispia sinispia 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    My son shall be batman :) poor kid
    smilesarewarm4 smilesarewarm4 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 10

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    I've been a preachers kid since kindergarten, I am currently about to go to college. And to be completely honest I'm kinda of sick of it, I used to be somewhat active in the church...
    Jessa95 Jessa95 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I am an introvert. I always like to be alone since I was a kid. I do have close friends but now they are in different places, enrolled into different colleges. When I first found...
    thelonercollegestudent thelonercollegestudent 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 4

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    I'm a mother of 4 kids under the age of 9, my hubby thinks college is for losers cause he will never have to call anyone in his life to come fix something . He's an all round handy...
    zjbv629 zjbv629 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    The Utter Garbage One must go through to find a job and the Demise of the American Dream Part 1- The Garbage, thanks college… To be brief and to go for pure shock value I will...
    hereweare99 hereweare99 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 1

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    Are you a college student or recent graduate that is frustrated with the tough job market? I am doing something about this issue:Spurred by my frustration with the dearth of...
    eskovron eskovron 18-21, F Jul 7

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    Hardest thing ever! The only time to do school work is when my kids are asleep. I stay up until 3 am every morning, then wake with the kids at 7. I feel like an exhausted old woman...
    lp1989 lp1989 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    Donated my fireworks to a random family with 4 small kids. Made their day.
    Meagaroni18 Meagaroni18 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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    Any gender of my child will have any of the names, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo. Whether girl or boy.....poor children πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    spanishcowboys4eva spanishcowboys4eva 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    Im studying school psychology and then I plan to transfer to a university next spring. College isnt for everyone.. and not everyone has to go to college. I dont judge someone based...
    viavleiviax viavleiviax 18-21, F Jul 16

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    I'm only 14 so I can't get a job and I can't get a little job like mowing lawns because I'm not even aloud to leave my front yard. The clothes I have are, 1 pair of jeans, 3 shorts...
    Annanih Annanih 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am poor but at least I got a roof over my head and somewhere to sleep every night and something to eat every day so I am happy with the the life I got, and I hate it when people...
    Chasemanning Chasemanning 13-15, M Jul 14

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    I am 22 years old, going into my 5th year of college (i am in a 5 year program), i weigh 218 pounds, and i am about 5-10 pounds overweight. my excess fat has all been gained...
    ilovefatforsomereason ilovefatforsomereason 22-25, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    When i was a small boy, our family was too poor. We didn't have any thing except house. My father worked for others and earned very small amount of money to survive us. When i am...
    lakminawijesinghe lakminawijesinghe 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    I am a college graduate from Kings College in Cambridge, England. Also, I am a college graduate from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!!!
    pregnantbride pregnantbride 26-30, F 14 hrs ago

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    When I was in fifth grade, all three fifth grade classes at my school ostracized me. No one sat by, played with, or spoke to me. I helped the janitor clean the cafeteria during the...
    caliclark2018 caliclark2018 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    Would love to go back to school for nursing. Too many kids and too broke!!!
    carebear1019 carebear1019 31-35, F Jul 7

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    Awad Rasras is a person with many skills and follows an approach as a qualified and knowledgeable individual. He is also an alumnus of Birzeit University Palestine, and completed...
    radcliffe1 radcliffe1 26-30, M Jun 28

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    In a month, I should be starting my Sophomore year at University. Problem is, I might not be able to go back. Paying for college has to be the toughest thing I have ever had to...
    GloriousGrey GloriousGrey 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    i dont know what i expected when i am writing this. i just feel so depressed. i have many problems, from family to college matter. i need money to pay my college, but i dont have...
    clearlite001 clearlite001 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    My family is extremely poor. We don't have hot water, heat (not that we need it it's summer but we didn't have it in winter) we have Internet every now and than we'll keep it for a...
    PinkParisChiffon PinkParisChiffon 16-17, F 4 Responses Jul 16

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    I used to say this. I still feel poor at times but I learned how to make money outside of my job. If you wanna make money in your free time hmu. It may not be millions but 500$$ is...
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 20