Juggling a family, friends, school and work is a daily chore that doesn’t get easier
There is a conflict in the lives of students. We are being pulled in all directions with work, family, school and the possibility of fun.
Many students hold down full time jobs while going to school to make ends meet. They are single parents trying to make sure their children get proper care, and that their own homework gets done.
Work isn’t really an option anymore for most students, it has become a requirement just to pay for books.
Most financial aid while under the age of 24 requires your parents information in the calculation of what your need is. But in all reality most students in the Chabot College community don’t have the luxury of parents paying for school in any way. They are lucky if their parents let them stay at home rent free.
Additionally more students are finding themselves having to make the hard decision of whether or not to go to school at all.
Some jobs aren’t flexible and keep employees at work longer then the hours they are scheduled. Students are negotiating with teachers about tardies and times of finals hoping to create some sort of balance.
Returning students have it even harder, the transition of family and work to school life isn’t always easy. The idea of having to let go of comfortable habits of going out and choosing to not have a car or to live on your own just to afford school is not a pretty thought.
Families often become an issue for students. What do you do when your child is sick or has a doctor’s appointment? Not everyone has a support network of family and friends.
Many parents end up missing class because of family conflicts.
The in-class experience isn’t meant for commuter students with families who rely on them as the sole provider and care taker.
Many students are back at school with the hopes of a better career option in the near future, tired of the dead end job they have with no hopes of advancement.
Chabot is a great place to get a higher education, but it’s a constant struggle.
With the economy in such a slump, job competition is high and most of the job choices for full-time students is retail or restaurant work. Students get to go to school all day and then drive to work and spend 8 hours working till 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., go home do homework and wake up at 8 a.m. and do it all over again.
Choices are made daily by thousands of students on whether or not school will take a back seat. This choice is not an easy or a happy one.
In a typical two-year institution many are taking 3, 4 or 5 years to finish.
This college is full of everyday superheroes. The Spectator commends these people for their hard work and their ability to not lose hope when things become so overwhelming that many would normally give up.
To read about the struggles of returning students click here.