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When I was in grade school, it was beaten into my head: You have to go to college to make something of yourself. So I went to college, changed majors, and eventually got out after five years with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
I got a decent paying job and worked for about 18 months until BAM, I became a statistic. Then I was out of a job, living on unemployment without medical benefits — which is kind of big as I’m a diabetic — and over $60,000 in student debt.
Nothing but silence when I apply for jobs that I’m either qualified or overqualified for. If I get anything back, it’s just a form letter saying they’ve received it.
So I’ve spent the last three years going from temp job to temp job, just making ends meet, scraping by on any kind of free medication I can get my hands on for my condition and being turned down by government programs because “I’m not bad enough.”