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Students Prepare for New Semester of Expenses

End of Summer Brings Beginning of Scholastic Stress

By Ryan Miller

While early September offers a final opportunity to celebrate the end of summer with one final “Hurrah,” employed students find themselves busy juggling schedules and watching their bank accounts.

A new academic year means new classes, textbooks, and stressful adjustments to class schedules and work hours.

“Once September rolls around I find it nearly impossible to do anything,” said Justin Edwardsen, a senior at CSI.

“Being a full-time student means I have to cut back my hours at work, which is especially hard with tuition bills arriving.”

Making money during the semester is not a problem specific to Edwardsen, but one that’s specific to a number of other CSI students.

And though opportunities for students to find employment at the College, they aren’t usually ideal.

“I put in an application in for an on-campus job, but not sure if it’s right for me,” said John Brooks, a sophomore.

“They try to work around your schedule, which is great, but as bills come in you’re always looking for a way to supplement your income.”

Meeting school-related costs are only half the battle. Phone bills, car payments and credit card bills also strike fear into students’ hearts.

Without financial aid, a semester at a CUNY institution can run full-time students roughly $4,000 dollars in tuition. Considering additional expenses like books and supplies, students face $5,000 in bills over the course of a semester—a span of four months.

Class schedules can compromise a student’s ability to make ends meet, but as fall approaches, many of the jobs students held over the summer recede.

Employers seek seasonal help in order to compensate for the busy season and college students are a popular demographic to market to.

As business declines, so does the need for additional help, leaving many students jobless in a quandary.

Even as costs pile up, hitting the books remains the only option for those seeking professional success.

Further complicating the the job market is the experience that employers seek in new hires.

So as students continue to working on elevating their GPA, they simultaneously miss out on valuable opportunities to gain the desired experience.

“This is always the worst time of the year for me,” said Edwardsen.

“It’s a vicious cycle, work and school. It’s all about finding balance, but that’s much easier said than done for most.”

 

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