LBCC Students Take on Financial Challenges
August 2, 2018
Resting on a bench in the center of the Long Beach City College campus after an appointment with his counselor, sophomore Christian Sedano displays a wrinkled sheet of lined paper on which he listed the jobs he had failed to land. “I applied to 26 jobs, I got rejection calls from four companies, I got interviews at two of them… They never called me back.”
An avid gamer in high school, Sedano had been the go-to person whenever his family had technological problems. Now, as a cybersecurity major, Sedano wants to focus on school, but his job-seeking endeavors have been unsuccessful. He lost his job at a local ice cream shop and did not receive financial aid.
Diana Castillo, a sophomore receiving financial aid from LBCC, finds herself in a similar quandary.
She chose LBCC because “universities are more expensive, even if you do get more help or financial aid or scholarships.”
Due to the demands of a job, Castillo is not working. “It would be hard managing the school times… and what times the job has to offer,” Castillo said. But when asked about her future after college, she is set on becoming a personal trainer once she has her kinesiology degree under her belt.
Castillo believes that increasing funding for more students to receive aid in pursuit of higher education would be better in the long run. “Helping students achieve their goals would make the state more money eventually.”
Junior Amy Carranza agrees with Castillo. It should be a priority “to focus a lot more on education because… there are a lot of students who are struggling financially.”
Carranza, who has just completed her associate degree, could afford full tuition. But while she chose LBCC for its small size, she admits that “it was a cheaper option.”
Carranza hopes to dedicate her life to becoming a social worker to help youth in the foster system exercise their full potential. Likewise, students should be able to focus on their education rather than scraping together tuition every year.
The existing financial aid system benefits many students; nonetheless, there is more work to be done for every individual to be able to expand their knowledge and take on prominent roles in society.