If I were 18, or 19, I probably would be using the aid of my parents to get me through the first year of college. At 60, that is impossible because both parents are deceased. I am on my own to support my finances and pay a huge out of pocket fee this coming Spring Semester. I do work part-time on campus plus I do have to pay things like rent, child support all on a fixed income from disability insurance. It is a big struggle and I am not sure if college is for me at this point. Do I work full-time, or finish my degree. I am thankful for a unlimited meal plan and help from the accessibility office to lessen the struggle with schoolwork. I do get to take exams in this office and it is a big relief not having to take an exam with a class crowded with other students. Some days I wish I was 19 and could ask my parents to help defer the cost of one semester. I live off campus and rent is high and it is tough with no medical insurance. Like Rodney Dangerfield said in the end of “Back To School” ” Thank you, Dean Martin, President Sinclair…and members of the graduating class. I have only one thing to say to you today…it’s a jungle out there. You gotta look out for number one. But don’t step in number two. And so, to all you graduates…as you go out into the world my advice to you is…don’t go! It’s rough out there. Move back with your parents. Let them worry about it.”
I will leave you with that.