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I Am a Poor College Kid

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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...
    SheIsBroken SheIsBroken 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 18

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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 1 Response Oct 19, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I am going to be finishing my Bachelor's in Business (with top honors) in March. It's been a long road and all I have to look forward to is crushing debt. I'll trade pics for...
    SugarBaby88 SugarBaby88 26-30, F Nov 15

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    ...and I write a lot.Abolishing the Standardized TestEach and every one of us, upon entering this university were most likely required to submit our SAT/ACT, or other test scores...
    loveVSlust loveVSlust 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 10

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    Stumbled across this site after a random Google search. So, a bit about myself: I'm a U.S. Army veteran with a tour of Iraq under my belt. I'm married and have been for a little...
    tracer223 tracer223 26-30, M Nov 18

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    It's ironic that I've always had a desire to help the poor and the homeless, yet somehow I ended up being in a similar position. I wasn't always like this, actually I was an honor...
    sweetiepoo sweetiepoo 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 7

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    Low self esteem and poor body image is something I've struggled with all my life. Growing up as the only kid in a wheelchair in my town, I was always a bit of an outsider and spent...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I always hated high-school because of the simple fact that I never fit in there. I was always different from the other kids and I hated the city I lived in so I couldn't wait for...
    HelenaMaiden HelenaMaiden 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Hardly working at this point. I made college a higher priority than my job and have recently been laid off, called back, and face layoff at the end of the month.
    CinimonGypsy CinimonGypsy 41-45 1 Response Nov 2

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    Being sick AND having 4 classes in one day is so great. Y'all I feel fabulous. Lol totally kidding I feel like death. This sucks. Yay for college! Fml.
    lizygurl lizygurl 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    I am from LA cali. I chose to put my life on hold to go to college. Then the time to find a job. Now in my 30's no kids. in my 20's could had a baby with some random girl friends u...
    LoveRobbery LoveRobbery 26-30, M Nov 16

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    So a lot has been happening recently. I started as a freshman in college, that is the biggest change. And for my friends here on EP, they might know how I am taking college as a...
    Shamandora Shamandora 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    Nothing frustrates me more than being told I will change my mind when I "get old enough" or "meet the right man." These things imply that as an adult I am still not fully capable...
    charmyxd charmyxd 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 13

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    I’m almost fifty-seven years old and I’ve spent a good portion of my life feeling bad about my physical appearance. I didn’t set out to be this way, I’ve just managed to...
    miryam57 miryam57 56-60, F 2 Responses Nov 10

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    I'm 15, I'm a sophomore in high school, the 10th grade. I have two and a half years till college. But I get letters for my academic abilities. I don't want to go to Washington...
    Kmarcum99 Kmarcum99 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    I usually have grant money but, I go to a credit school and they took my money and paid certain things and give me money for my books instead of the full check but, all the money I...
    Nior18 Nior18 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 16

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    One time I was on the beach at a resort boogie boarding. The resort was laid out so that the hotel and pool were about a quarter of a mile away from the beach with the only access...
    Mark7277 Mark7277 18-21, M Oct 28

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    I recently went of to college and hate it. I want to move back home and attend a university close to me. But the problem is I went to college with my best friend and she will hate...
    findinghope41311 findinghope41311 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    I wear boys size because it's the right size for me because I am small and I'm in a wheelchair and have cp plus boys size are less money than men. I have tryed to get men's dept...
    me0883 me0883 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 12

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    Yea....I had a year left for my bachelors. I got pregnant. All my friends are successful. I became a single mom with 3 kids. Think of your future!!!
    UnfortunateCookie UnfortunateCookie 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 18

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    im 18 in college believe my course is a year long i really want a baby i just don't know weather i should have one till i have finished college can any teen mums and dads that are...
    boltmum17 boltmum17 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    As the holidays approach….my college aged boys always come home for Thanksgiving and the Christmas winter break. I always look forward to having my empty nest filled again with...
    mik02 mik02 41-45, F 15 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm failing my class. I haven't seen my grades yet, but I already know I will. If I fail, I will be an out of school youth FOR ONE SEM WHICH IS MY NIGHTMARE. Some of you might...
    okaynotokay okaynotokay 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I got my college degree in June 2014. I graduated from the Social Service Worker program from George Brown College. I loved the program and I enjoy working in my field. :)
    Zari93 Zari93 18-21 4 days ago

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    He has a bad cough and has had it a very long time but it has got worse the last month. I'm not sure what it is but he needs to go to vets anyway cos he has a claw that was half...
    stargirl58 stargirl58 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 4

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    You know youre poor when. You finish tea and use bottle as urinal. Too broke to afford plumber. Too phobic to fix toilet myself.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 5

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    My immediate family (mom, dad, and I) were poor because my parents thought that by the time I was born, things would change. We didn't have to much until when I was 3, my parents...
    Marinho Marinho 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 6

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    I know I am poor because ny family made it so I would be. All because I am adopted and I try to do something, but my friends....oh wait, I don't have any, so my fake friends always...
    Unknown1047 Unknown1047 18-21, M Nov 16

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    cause the billionaires are chilling at the bars. https://criticl.me/post/how-poor-will-save-world-again-1209
    carloslara7 carloslara7 31-35, M 3 days ago

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    Not really poor body image as much as low self esteem. I can not talk to a pretty girl to save my life. I get all light headed then think its a waste since they'll just tell me to...
    whoscarlo5 whoscarlo5 18-21, M 1 Response 11 hrs ago