As I am writing this, I am finding myself wanting to find a way of making money for myself. We as students, no matter our situation, are all wanting to earn a bit of money so we can eat a bit better and be able to afford to leave the house other than to go to lectures. This is a big problem for a lot of students, so I feel that this is something I should talk about with this article.

Now I will make it clear that I am very lucky. I am staying at home and, as I have worked prior to going to university, it’s an understatement to say that I have come into a bit of money. This however does not mean I am not aware of the troubles that many of my fellow students have. Despite the extraordinary amounts we are spending on going in to higher education, there are still a lot of bills we have to pay to incorporate our luxuries into our new lives.

Firstly, rent. Most of us wouldn’t have had to pay that before and now we do, it is a big responsibility as we aren’t used to having to budget and not being able to rely on the bank of mum and dad. Secondly, food. Again, most of us would have had parents pay for all their food and not have to worry about what they are going to eat for the next few days. Nowadays however, a lot of planning has to be involved in order for the appropriate amount of food to be eaten each day. Finally, and I’m sure I’m missing out many more important things here, socials. We all want to have a good time as students; go out with our new friends and not have a care in the world about the repercussions. On the other hand, this isn’t always straightforward when the amount of debt you have is all you can think about, let alone actually having enough to go out in the first place.

This may sound like a depressing article and I apologise if I am putting off any of you readers from the university life. That isn’t my intention. My advice would be go and enjoy yourselves, buy presents for people and see them socially as often as you can. But be mindful that you may run out of overdrafts and savings and any other clever bank account ploy you may have. After all, as it is very clear to us all, Money definitely doesn’t grow on trees.

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