Dropped a Class to Get a Job
I’m a Religious Studies major, so learning a religious language is essential to my academic career here at Yale. I’m learning Arabic because I am interested in how religion interacts with politics and for a variety of personal reasons as well. Given what I want to study, gaining proficiency in Arabic is non-negotiable. To be able to do this in a reasonable time frame, I’ll be studying in Morocco this summer. The cost of the program, however, is realistically something like $14,000. I have my ISA, but that still leaves me paying $4,000 on top of the $2,600 I have to pay toward the Summer Student Income Contribution. I already work 12–14 hours a week, but I also have to send money home, so I’m having real difficulty saving money. I already have significant student debt because I had to pay off expenses from moving and other debts, and I’ll likely have to take out another loan this summer. I don’t know how much Yale will allow me to take out, but its not $7,000, so to help pay for this I actually dropped a class to get another job. Work had to come before school. There were other factors that contributed to my decision, but I know there’s no way I’d be able to afford this summer if I were taking four credits. Because of the Student Income Contribution, I’m forced to give up academic opportunities to make end’s meet.