Letter to the Editor: We won’t give up

The reality of studying and having a full-time or part-time job is hard. Many high school students that currently attend to the Lynn public schools have to work and study at the same time. Most of them are immigrant students, and also some students from this country.

Trying to work full-time or part-time while going to school full-time can be quite a challenge. You’re trying to juggle classes, homework, work, your social life and the battle to stay sane. Is it possible to work full-time and study full-time? Sounds crazy, right? Like a recipe for complete, flaming burnout, followed by dropping out of school. Only crazy people would try to work and study full-time.

Believe it or not, many students have very successfully attended school and held down a full-time job. These students are not crazy. They have friends, social life and even families. They don’t burn out or go off the deep end.

However, working while going to school is hard because there’s no time to spend with friends and family. Most of the time immigrant students have to work a full-time job because no one helps provide them with financial stability.

Sometimes they just live with uncles, aunts, or cousins, which is one of the reasons they have to work. I personally live with my uncle, but that doesn’t mean that he has to pay for all my needs. I have to work a full-time job and go to school at the same time, it’s hard but not impossible. 

Most immigrant students like me are independents because we live here without parents, so we have to pay for all our bills, and even send money back to our native country to help our families. It is a big challenge, but we know that we want a better future for our lives, so we don’t really mind doing both things. 

We have a dream and there’s no way we are giving up.

Nelson Chavez

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