A Lifetime of Time to Work
I am receiving a very generous amount of financial aid from Yale, and this year my parents are covering my student income contribution. Initially, I believed I would take a job either second or third semester of college; however, as I live the Yale experience, I am starting to rethink my plan. Many of my friends have student jobs of varying time commitments, some of which they can use as study times. Nonetheless, I currently cannot see how to make time for a mandatory, recurring commitment without hampering the fluidity of studying, extracurricular, and the inimitable social aspect of college. As I now begin to plan, I see a lifetime of time to work, in which time work will not come at the cost of an experience that lasts but four years. As such, I am now considering taking loans for the greater part of the remaining student income contributions: I neither wish to burden my parents, nor do I wish to inhibit the summer opportunities, be it international study, internships, or research positions, open specifically for undergraduate students. To me, graduating loan-free as Yale advertises entails graduating with regrets. The regret I fear is missing my only chance at a wealth of unique experiences. Personally, I do not fear that I will not have a job or a means to pay a loan after I graduate; I have confidence in my ability, let alone the title of my university, to achieve this. What’s more, I plan to pay back more than any loans I take, but to at least give back a sizeäble fraction of the financial aid grant this institution has given me so I may attend. I hold this education and experience invaluable, and I will not forget the aid I received when I leave; the best I can imagine is to help another student have this opportunity. These are my long-term plans. However, for now, the presence of the student income will lead me to unexpected loans; I doubt I am the only one.