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Anonymous, Queens College

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I had to give up being in school full time because I got offered a job through the Department of Education as a paraprofessional. I am beyond grateful for this job, but financially I am so far behind. Student debt is my major expense next to food. I do receive SNAP benefits but it is barely enough. I am a big guy. They should give me a little more based on my dietary needs, but obviously I will take anything. For over a year, I was applying for Work Study so I could finish my degree in dietetics, get school over with and begin to work full time. Luck just wasn’t on my side with finding an on campus position and I did not have time to wait around. For now, I am living with family and paying rent, hoping to save enough to live more comfortably. Until then, I will use my SNAP and keep studying.

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