‘Like hitting a roadblock’: five college students face the pandemic – a photo essay

Coronavirus has raised new challenges for low-income students working full-time and raising children

Story and photos by Rachel Bujalski

College is back in session, and there has been no lack of stories documenting an unusual year for young students living in dorms across the US.

But many of today’s students don’t fit that profile: they work full-time, they’re parents, and they come from low-income households. During the pandemic, life got even harder for these students – many of them lost access to campus-based healthcare, faced unexpected living expenses, and struggled with the sudden shift to online studies.

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