A 29-year-old woman hustles to her community college campus, running late. She attends her classes, sits in the front row taking extensive notes and rushes back to her car as fast as she can. She can’t go to the evening study session, even though she needs it. It would require her to miss work which would likely result in losing her job. She doesn’t get home until after nine. She scrapes together a quick, cheap meal and then works on her homework until she falls asleep, once again forgetting to set her alarm.
She keeps going because she wants a better life. She hopes her degree will get her that promotion at work or a better paying job where she won’t have to choose between making rent and eating.