A young woman looks in a floor length mirror as she pulls on a sweater. Text, Resilient America, stories of people rebuilding their lives. Maya Juchtman. Presented by Chase.
As soon as I started thinking about college, I was told that there was no money and that we can't afford it. I did take out student loans and shared a living room with someone for a year to live off campus, so I would become an in-state student. It was kind of a harsh reality.
Maya leaves her apartment and walks down a city street.
I make ends meet by picking up any job I can. If someone needs a nanny, I take it. If someone needs a shift covered, I take it.
Maya enters coffee shop.
I think this gig economy defines our generation in a way that it gives us more freedom. It doesn't tell us like, hey, you have to live in this box. You have to be a sales person, and that's it for the rest of your life.
Maya uses a large machine to make a coffee drink, then hands drinks to customers.
Paying for college has made me a really resilient person, and I am so grateful for the independence that I have learned through it. I don't skip class. I always make sure everything's in because I know it's my money. It's my future. It makes me value every moment of my education that much more because I'm the one paying for it. I'm Maya Juchtman, and I'm a server, barista, and I freelance copyright for a couple of tech start-ups.
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