College is supposed to be a time of learning, living, and making memories, but for some students, things aren’t that easy. Between working, going to class and fulfilling other obligations, some students have to sacrifice personal time to pay bills and tuition, like graduate student Elissa Brooks.
Brooks spends her days working odd jobs to make extra cash to take of what she calls “adult responsibilities.”
Nearly 83 percent of Americans say they cannot afford college on their own according to a study by thinkadvsior.com. Brooks is just one of 4,000 students at the University of Memphis who are seeking a master’s degree that has a minimum $16,000 price tag that she gets little assistance with.
Most students look to the jobs at the university to help cover tuition but graduate assistantships at the U of M are what she describes as “really competitive,” and with only 1,350 offered in the state of Tennessee, students like Brooks are taking jobs that can only be described as little less conventional.