Inspired by Dina WD (brand new to me) who wrote in a post about her struggles as a student in a university in Texas when she came from France on a single-entry student visa. Briefly summed, the deal she had was:
- She could only work 20 hours/week at most for $5.15/hr. (which I assume is minimum wage at the time)
- She was not able to work off-campus because of her immigration status
- The university took 80% of her paycheck each month for room, which left her with only $80/mo.
- She skipped breakfast most of the time, and mostly ate spaghetti and pasta sauce
- In between semesters, she had to work on-campus because of the type of visa she had, while other international students could go home and visit their families
Moral of her story was: visit her post and find out. It would make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
I hope I am not barging into this couple’s lives if they happen to come across this. I took a class with a couple of Chinese international students and became one of their FB friends afterward. I saw that she uploaded a lot of pictures of her and her boyfriend having a lot of fun in the U.S. with some of the closer friends they made here in the U.S., in between semesters.
I assume they had money in order to enjoy such fun and dine at some locations that I checked out online, and was too expensive for me. I recall one of them told me the two of them traveled through some of the U.S.’s tourist sites, such as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. I have been in the U.S. for x amount of years and I have still never been to these places, mostly because I cannot afford it.
Despite not being able to afford a lot of things, I always went home to see my family. Without them, I do not know whether I could survive college.
The moral of my post is: some of us go through college (and life) harder than others, so do what you can.