When Helping Family Comes Before Going to College
Betty Márquez Rosales, EdSource
"Maria" was supposed to be a UC Davis student right now, attending online classes, balancing the stresses of being a freshman, and worrying about exams. Instead, she’s babysitting and cat-sitting in Marin County, so she can earn money to help support her family.
This year has been long and tumultuous for students like Maria, a generation of incoming college freshmen pulled between starting their college careers and helping their families. And while the pandemic-induced financial upheaval continues nationwide, this generation of freshmen is facing deep uncertainty.