More from the trenches. In response to a comment about “making it” as the child of a single-teacher family and working as a medical student, I wrote:
“I’m not rich, didn’t come from money, and yet I am going to make it.”
It’s hereditary lower middle-class, though. My situation is just about dead-on, but while I’m working here — like you — to pay my way through my graduate degree, I am doing so in one hell of a rural stinkhole in Northern Florida.
You . started off . well.
The ones who need the financial aid are conditioned by a single-parent, multi-sibling household on income less than $14K. High-school dropouts fostering high-school dropouts. The occasional kid who shows potential can’t just work to get there, the cycle is endless – it just takes one mistake. Even if he or she gets a job, that money’s going back into the household. Because a community of parents are leeches and generationally adapted to a system of living wholly different from even the lowest middle-class, doesn’t mean that the kiddo shouldn’t be helped out of the quicksand if it looks like he or she’s worth it.