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I Am a Poor College Kid

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    I'm raising money for College 2014-2015

    semester. Click to Donate: http://www.gofundme.com/qe6aaaa4 #gofundme
    blindangel92 blindangel92 22-25, F Mar 31

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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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    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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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2007

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    I've been at a university

    for 3 1/2 years. I'm in the Fall semester of my senior but I'm so tired. The struggle of the last 3 years is finally taking its toll on me. I've been tired of being a broke college girl trying to keep up with the college life since I started. I'm financially responsible for...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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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 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 20, 2012

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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 18-21, F Aug 30, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Mar 31, 2010

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 19, 2007

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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 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 19, 2007

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    Well, this is my first post, so I've decided to keep it small.(hahaha lemme try). So, this college where i study is basically filled with stereotypes. There is honestly not a...
    prettywoman21 prettywoman21 18-21, F Apr 24

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    I miss the days where I could wear stripes and poka-dots and no one would say anything, the days where makeup was something "grown ups" wore, the days my hair was washed and...
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    I had been trying to be "zen" about still being unemployed - but honestly, I am just angry at the whole ordeal. It's not that I "deserve" a job after graduating college, but isn't...
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    petebon petebon 51-55, M May 3

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    Well, I just had spoke to my advisor and apparently I'm on scholastic probation. Jesus of freaken suburbia! I totally screwed up last semester but thankfully it didn't hurt me that...
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    The struggle is real, hard work means money, money means college, college means money and visit her. Eta to college three months.
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    There is nothing worse than poor hygiene in my opinion. A smelly filthy hairy un-kept person is just nasty to me. Animals are dumb and don't know any better, but people of...
    wjk1849 wjk1849 46-50, M 2 days ago

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    So going back to college is a necessity right now. Unfortunately I can only go back next year. I don't know what to do. My first option right now is to go to be a pharmacist. It...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F Apr 22

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    This is a really exciting and huge leap for me. Never thought I would go to college or actually care about pursuing a career. I always thought working in a café 11 hours a day 5...
    Sickchick26 Sickchick26 26-30, F Apr 23

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    I am currently just realizing that I really want to go away for college to a 4 year school but I'm going to a community college, my grades are a lot better than most of my class...
    noriebby noriebby 18-21, F 2 Responses May 1

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    elsasaunt elsasaunt 16-17, F 3 Responses May 12

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