Higher education comes at too high a cost for many lower class Americans, and it’s only getting worse

Growing up underprivileged in today’s society is hard — just ask any of the 12.7 percent of individuals that live below the poverty line in America as of 2017. But what’s even more taxing and seemingly impossible than growing up in destitution? Try being born into these circumstances and living in a neighborhood of subpar schools with crumbling infrastructure and teachers who aren’t paid enough to care about the education they are giving. Better yet, try being met with the reality that due to a lack of funding encouraging economic growth and prosperity, a higher education is unachievable. This is the unfortunate reality for many students enrolled in the American education system. Students in possession of incredible potential and aspirations are deterred every day because of the lack of funding for education. In fact, according to the article “Here’s How Military and Education Spending Compare in America” written by Kyle Jaeger, the government spends eight times more on military funding than education. Because yeah, knowledge obviously isn’t power anymore and war will always be the answer. And it’s only projected to get worse under the reign of Donald Trump. Now, it’s no secret the nation is split between those who

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A laptop is undeniably one of the most important tools college students utilize in their day-to-day activities. From checking syllabi on BeachBoard to streaming Parks and Recreation in between study sessions, laptops have become almost a necessity for efficiently completing academic and professional tasks. One bleak finals season, I was in the middle of working on two final projects and a 20-page paper  —  on some poem that made no sense to me  — when my laptop decided to crash. Or, I thought it did. I called tech services, visited a repair shop and discovered that the battery had failed, that something out of my control was going to cost me $540 to repair. I didn’t have $540 to drop on the machine that was almost brand new to begin with, so I tried to thug it out as much as possible; I used the computers at work, the library and my parents’ computer back home, making edits in between loads of laundry. Suffice to say, it was a mess. For a whole month, I lacked the convenience of a laptop. I had to make sure my work was safely stored each time for fear of not saving important edits