Like many of our students, Matt West relies on student loans, his on-campus work study job and the earnings from his summer job to pay for school. The COVID-19 shutdown meant everything he planned changed almost overnight.
“I decided to risk flying home to Massachusetts because I couldn’t live on campus anymore. Back home, I hoped that I could work my two summer jobs while I finished out the semester online. It turned out I could work only one of my jobs and only for about 20 hours a week, some weeks even less.”
“Online school was intense. Two days a week I had to leave work to take an online course and some nights I had to stay up to 1 a.m. to get my classwork done.”
“I feel isolated because my friends are all back in St. Louis. This summer I can save only about half of what I need to pay for my school expenses, and due to the financial burden of the crisis my family finds it much harder to support me. The situation has been stressful.”
Matt is determined to finish out his senior year at Webster University. His story is like that of so many Webster students. Please help us lighten some of the pressure for Matt and other students who are facing similar financial challenges. Please donate to the Gorloks Now! Fund today. The fund was created to help students who are facing financial hardships because of the COVID-19 crisis return to school.