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Social Class Unawareness

It is not something we think about often. In fact, we almost never consider it in any real seriousness, not unless it is a direct issue for us. I’m talking about our social class and more specifically our financial status. Most of the people who go to Radford University can be considered fairly well off. Not (necessarily) rich or wealthy but obviously they have the means to go to a university. Not everyone is in quite that position, some manage to get by entirely on scholarships and those people should be applauded and congratulated for their hard work and dedication. The effort and work they put into maintaining those scholarships and grants is amazing. Nonetheless, many of us come from a middle class background and typically did not have to worry about how much money we or our family had. But that is not the case for a lot of people.

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We are usually unaware of our own finical situation and of the situations of others, especially those without as much money as us. We tend to just assume most people are in the same boat as us, unless they show blatantly obvious signs of wealth or poverty. It is easy to assume that the person sitting next to you in class has a car like you or a game system or the newest (or one of the recent) cellphones. While this way of thinking does not necessarily make you a bad person, it is important to stop and consider the fact that other people are not as well off as you.

You should not feel bad for being well off (financially speaking). It is not something to be ashamed of or feel guilty about. It is a good thing and you should be happy about. But instead think about how that waitress might need that tip at the end of your meal or how the pizza delivery driver could use a few extra dollars to help cover the cost of gas. Take a little bit of time and consider what type of situation someone else might be in.