About this submission
Growing up in Philadelphia, my friends and I were not expected to attend college. We had to hustle to make ends meet. Our families gave us everything they could and we prayed for the rest. Despite obstacles, I secured a scholarship that covered tuition, but not living.
Students hoping to secure a better future turn to dangerous or underpaying jobs because of the financial burden of attending college. This film is dedicated to their unseen struggle. I consulted other students whose vulnerable stories reflected my own. I hope to raise awareness of the nightmare that often follows the American dream.