“While many colleges are accepting more moderate- and low-income students to increase economic mobility, many students and administrators complain that the growth in unpaid internships undercuts that effort by favoring well-to-do and well-connected students, speeding their climb up the career ladder. Many less affluent students say they cannot afford to spend their summers at unpaid internships, and in any case, they often do not have an uncle or family golf buddy who can connect them to a prestigious internship.”
From this article. I feel this a lot right now. I would love to spend my summer in DC, learning from the politicians I admire and putting some of my education to work in a practical setting. But those finances make it hard. Not to mention that it took the Obama Fellowship program way too long to get back at me, funding from Scripps ended so long ago guys.
Life’s tough in an upper-class world for a middle-class girl. I know I whine about this a lot, maybe I’m making excuses for myself, but I feel it a lot and sometimes it bites being surrounded by people living the fancy lives that you want.
Next summer is my last change - will I take the leap? Some loans perhaps?
Edit: I understand that life is really exactly the opposite of tough where I live. I remind myself of the bountiful and ridiculous gifts/opportunities I have been presented often. But sometimes these things still get to you.