Money is “Essential”

Benjamin Franklin once said “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”

Since COVID19 has become a serious matter in the United States, certain workers have lost their jobs due to them not being categorized as an essential business.

No one can prepare themselves for something like this.

Yes, we put money away here and there for a “rainy day” but most never expect it to be like this.

For the time being, the only places that are considered essential will be open, such as grocery stores, hardware stores, gas stations…things of that nature.

For people who are not essential workers, they are ordered to stay home, social distancing themselves, and only go to the store for the essentials.

What are they supposed to do if they can’t work? How are bills going to get paid? What are they going to eat? Where will they sleep at if they get evicted?

While the government passed a stimulus bill to provide relief, about 60% of college students did not qualify for the stimulus package.

A few Radford college students are trying to make ends meet now. They’re faced with new obstacles.

A resident in an off campus apartment on the lighter side of campus has been late on her rent sense the shutdown has begun.

Prior to COVID 19, the student was employed at Cinco De Mayo on Main St. as a host and waitress.

She’s currently unaware of what her living situation will be like in the next few months. She doubts her leasing company will break her and her roommates contract.

“I don’t want to ask my parents for the money; they’re struggling enough right now”.

The resident has been applying to essential jobs since she was let go due to COVID 19. So far, none of the jobs have gotten back to her.

“It’s so hard right now. Stressing about bills, food, rent, and trying to maintain my grades, you know?”

As college students, we like to think we have it all figured out. Some might even say we’re “grown”.

But during these trying times, we realize we were mistaken.

The Radford student has filed for the weekly unemployment claim but still hasn’t heard anything back yet. She’s hoping she will qualify for the $600 unemployment package but has started to get discouraged.

If you’re having a hard time paying rent now; communicate with your landlords, look for all possible outcomes or options as well as research.

You’re not the only one.

The Wall Street Journal reported that, according to real estate firms, 13.4 million renters (about a third of renters) didn’t pay rent in April.

Without a form of income and May rent being right around the corner, who knows where their future lies.

**Due to the privacy of the students, names will not be mentioned in this story**