If you read my previous article, you will know that I'm a student in Ontario who is unable to attend class because the profs are on strike. I briefly mentioned in the article that there is a petition for students to get a tuition refund making the rounds on the internet, and I have seen many people confused as to what the petition is all about and why students are signing it, so I decided to write out a little explanation.
It's 10:08 AM on a Tuesday morning. I don't yet know if not bringing a jacket was a mistake or not because they're aren't windows in the lecture theatre. I think about how much worse my day will be if I have to not only sit through five hours of drudgery but five hours of drudgery with sopping wet hair.
I'm a student at Algonquin College's Woodroffe campus in Ottawa, Ontario, and I, along with 200,000 other full-time students, have been unable to attend class for a week. Starting at 12:01 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017, 12,000 college professors walked away from their jobs and went on strike.
Most people dream of the last week of August in their first year out of high school. The goal is to move out of your parent's place and move into your own place (most times residence) to attend post-secondary school. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford to move out, or it is "easier" to stay home. Every student reads and hears about the struggles of moving away, most social media posts of "life as a student" is the struggle of not being home. Then, there are the schools who promote living in residence or away from home and offer extra resources and clubs to support those who are struggling.
It's extremely hard. That's what your high school teachers will tell you. They'll tell you how you'll have to learn to balance your time. That you can't party all night, sleep all day, skip lectures, and expect to pass with flying colours. For the most part, they're right.
I dropped out of college, which I don't regret. I didn't have to pay anything, since I was given a full ride to the college I attended. However, I've seen the effects of what student loans do to people who have graduated — as well as dropouts who didn't get the same luxury as I did.
In today's society, a student is considered, by some, nothing more than a young adult trying to elongate the idea of childhood by staying in education and avoiding as much responsibility as they can. Wrong! I, myself, am a student, and most of us students are trying harder than most adults have to nowadays. Go to lectures, get a job, look after yourself, eat properly, and my personal favorite, stop going out so much. We've all been told throughout school that going to university will help make us more employable. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's true, but I will let you know when I get the job I spent three years and a heck of a lot of money working for. Currently, I don't really have a job, and the opportunities are so bountiful. I mean I get the amazing choice of where I want to do bar work if it ever takes my fancy. Lucky me.
According to savethestudent.org, an estimated 84% of the UK’s student’s worry about money troubles and making ends meet throughout the year. Next to rent, food is the highest cost a student has to factor into their budget during term time, leaving some students unable to afford food at all, because their rent has swallowed up nearly all of their loan. With 61% of student’s claiming their diet is suffering and a whopping 50% of those student’s saying its affecting their mental health, leading to a drop in grades, I think it’s high time we did something about it!
If you’re like me and perhaps you’re sick of hearing about ‘freshers’ as the start of the university year approaches, that’s probably the natural reaction. I have never been much of a party-person or a person-person, and if you’re like me, every time you hear the word ‘freshers’ being brought up in a conversation, it sounds like hell-on-earth. That would be an accurate way to describe it.
Attending college is one of the most important investments that you can make yourself, and a lot of the return on investment you may experience will depend on where you go.
When people think of moving away from home, and taking their first step into the world as an adult, most would feel excited. Even though I enjoyed my family and being home, I was also looking forward to the new experience. My main fear was making friends.