Hunger Is Real

When people my age look back on their college days, they often recall being “starving” students. But, back in a time when it was possible to complete a university education with some scholarships, a modest student loan and a part-time job, few of my peers were ever truly hungry.

Fast forward to today: Because of hiring norms, it’s difficult to embark on any kind of stable career trajectory without at least an associate’s degree. And the cost of college is estimated to have more than doubled in the past 30 years and outpaced inflation by 2 to 4 percent — the idea that you could mostly pay out-of-pocket for college as you go is laughable.

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