“I got a great education, but now it’s difficult to find a job that pays a wage that I can support myself on, live independently, and pay back my loans. Now, I am searching for a second job to help make ends meet.”
I live with my mom — it’s just the two of us now, but I will be moving out soon. I’m a program assistant at Migrant Head Start. Being a program assistant means I help with everything, I’m an “every woman.” Right now my focus is the preschool graduation ceremony. We have watched these kids develop in our program and now we are sending them on to public school. We have great hopes for these children. We believe they will use what they have learned with us to do well in public school.
I love my job. Every day I feel like I am helping someone, even if it is translating the word “apple” to “manzana” for a 2-year-old. I know at the end of the day that I have made a difference.
Right now I make $12.30 an hour. I’ve been working here for a year-and-a-half and I have just started the process of moving out of my mom’s house. I’m excited to move out, but I know that I will also have more bills of my own to pay now.
On top of all the regular bills, I also pay my student loans. I went to the College of Saint Rose and studied American Studies and Education. I am carrying over $27,000 in loans and my monthly student loan payment is $300. I got a great education, but now it’s difficult to find a job that pays a wage that I can support myself on, live independently, and pay back my loans.
Now, I am searching for a second job to help make ends meet. It can be discouraging to have a college degree and a job that I love but to know that it’s still not enough. One thing that I worry about: Even with a second job, I won’t make enough money to save anything for a rainy day. I just don’t let myself think too hard about what would happen in case of an emergency.