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I Am a Poor College Kid

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    it is way too easy to be sucked into the stereotypical behavior of the average college kid.
    itsthelittlethings itsthelittlethings 18-21, F 22 hrs ago

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    I don't test well but I am smart and a good student but I scored really poorly on the sats and my mom yelled at me and called me stupid. I know I can handle college and will do...
    carebare124 carebare124 18-21 1 Response Mar 28

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    On and off. My dad was working class my mother comes from a well off family. My parents started poor when I was little but then owned a hardware store for most of my later...
    xSCARx xSCARx 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    I am currently halfway through my second semester of my freshman year of college. And I absolutely hate it. Everyone says that college is the best time of your life, but mine has...
    HeyImLogan HeyImLogan 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Don't you feel like liberal arts degrees are useless? Don't get me wrong. I was pursuing that path for a while. But I've come to realize that the world revolves around CS majors...
    Kurokagi Kurokagi 18-21 1 day ago

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    I remember when I was working in Hong Kong in a family! This couple has 2 kids, the mother help the son to do the homework, and if he could not get it right she try to tell the...
    Bluejec19 Bluejec19 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    From having and raising four kids, marriage, home ownership, and working part-time after twenty years of attending college off and on, I received my Bachelor"s degree. That was 15...
    canelabunz canelabunz 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    All my life I've known that I want kids. For the past few years, I've figured out that I would love to have 4 kids mostly because I come from a small family so I would love to have...
    nicolerh7 nicolerh7 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    I have 2 bachelors and a master degree. I have never held a full time permanent job. Every year I think it will get better and it gets worst. As of today, I have applied to 979...
    honeycomb2 honeycomb2 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    I am about to be a senior in college. I'm scared that I won't be able to compete with all the kids at my school. I fear what the future has in store for me.
    AlbSoShy95 AlbSoShy95 18-21, F Apr 13

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    I feel like the freedom adults talk about teens inheriting when they go to college is a misleading idea. Superficially perhaps we have more freedom, but are we actually being put...
    Venturawhite Venturawhite 26-30, M Mar 25

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    Well I just joined today despite graduating College this coming 29th of March. I can't believe time fly so fast that it felt like it was only yesterday that I was a freshman...
    raldy raldy 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 27

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    My dad always made sure that I won't step out of line, oh he did. It was painful but I miss it. Now he spanks me only for things like drinking, smoking and my grades. Some time ago...
    omfgbelt omfgbelt 18-21, F 7 Responses Apr 7

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    I just summited a college application to start In summer/fall. So scared to start college. This will be my third college I'll attend. And probably not my last. My first college I...
    GoddessHalo GoddessHalo 22-25, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    It's more like I was forced out of college. I made the mistake of going to a large university right off the bat for the diversity in its course offerings. Because I needed to work...
    glassbox27 glassbox27 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    I have been in college for 6 years (I'm 24) and I began college straight out of high school. I'm currently at a University working towards my BBA in Marketing. I have changed my...
    dontfloatthemainstream dontfloatthemainstream 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    I am going back to college after many years absent. Any of the housing I can find that I can afford doesn't allow pets. I'm afraid I'll have to give up my dog to go to college. I...
    SterlingHeart SterlingHeart 31-35, M 6 days ago

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    Hi, I know it's really strange but I thought that after I get married ( I'm not getting married yet, I'm not allowed to date and don't really want to until I am out of college...
    musicgirl102 musicgirl102 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    Who remembers those days????? Well, now six-year olds are on their iPhone5. An I'm working and going to college! STOP THIS PEOPLE!!!!
    KALELat17 KALELat17 18-21, F 8 Responses Mar 29

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    In my case "the belt" would have been preferable. My mother never settled on anything so soft or pliable. She was a fan of kitchen utensils, mostly large metal cooking spoons. But...
    HumanKnownAsVictor HumanKnownAsVictor 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 31

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    I'm trying to get my bachelors as I love learning the new things in my field but it gets so stressful with all the deadlines work and kids I'm on the verge of Just dropping out for...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 1

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    I just don't have the motivation for school anymore.. I feel asleep in 2 classes today. One more year then off to college thank god!
    ivebeenthereithink ivebeenthereithink 16-17, M Apr 1

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    I'm kind of a big deal in both my college campuses XD you guys make me happy! I love u!!
    AprilBurden23 AprilBurden23 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    Am I the only one who gets upset and cries when they find out that someone close to them is pregnant? I told my closest guy friend today and he laughed and said I was being selfish...
    tequilasunset2060a tequilasunset2060a 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I am a freshman at my dream school. Everything is going well. I have great grades, and I already got accepted into my program of studies. While that's all great and exciting, it's...
    Jenbean Jenbean 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    I'm currently working on applications to send into colleges. My dream college Is New York University for there medical program. I'm a fairly smart student & I have a GPA of 3.9. I...
    giib giib 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am tired of being poor I just want to be able to afford things without having to scrimp and save for years
    Bluenox Bluenox 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    It's true. I have poor judgment. I do things soooo wrong sometimes...or possibly all of the time. I choose incorrectly. I'm oblivious to what really matters. I act on impulses...
    shannonymous shannonymous 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 12

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    I say poor me because I have to always wear the same thing everyday to school my brither doesn't help me buy me some jeans at least one pair.
    acevedok22 acevedok22 16-17, M 5 days ago

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    For a long time it was just me and my parents. I had an estranged brother who ran off got married and took his wife's last name. I could never understand nor fully forgive my own...
    VacuumedThoughts VacuumedThoughts 31-35, F 17 hrs ago

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    It broke my heart to realize this. But I got to college. I'm in the "Honors Dorms", in fact. And I'm realizing how little you have to do to get by with being considered "honorable...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    Okay, I think that I am going crazy about my future. I have researched colleges and what you do to get in one. I wrote myself a future message with all this info. I even got myself...
    BADLIFEFORME BADLIFEFORME 13-15, F Mar 24

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    Getting the degree - I visited some campuses recently. I like the college atmosphere. It was the classes and academics that I didn't care so much for when I first went to college...
    teenotes teenotes 22-25, M Mar 27

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    I'm a full time college student at community college and my first semester was HORRIFIC!! I was walking around the campus with a little map with a clueless look on my face. I must...
    JaimeJackson JaimeJackson 18-21 Apr 5