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Sydney's Voice


How have increased tuition fees impacted you and your family?:
When unexpected life events result in massive medical expenses the semester's tuition payment becomes a gargantuan obstacle to quality higher education. With a broken arm, upcoming surgery, and an empty wallet this obstacle became an impossible roadblock on my road to graduation. The rise in tuition rates had, at first, required me to seek out deferment plans, and work overtime and pick up a second, and at times third jobs. After getting hit by a car on campus while bicycling to class I was unable to retain all of these jobs due to injuries. With less income, and rising tuition fees I was unable to make the full-time tuition payment for a semester and I was forced to take only two courses, delaying my graduation by a full year. Fee increases are only a sad attempt at intervening with the lack of funding and support for public education. I am glad to be graduating in May, and I am honored to have learned from some great professors in the Child and Adolescent Development program.


What are you studying at SF State and what do you hope to do once you graduate?:
I am studying Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration on Youth and Family Services. I hope to travel and work in a variety of Youth Development programs, or Family service organizations focusing on recreation, arts, and psychosocial health.


Sydney S., 23 San Francisco



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