By Hodan Hashi

Growing up, I never really understood that college was a privilege because I grew up in a household where going to college was just another expectation. Similar to how high school and middle school were. So when I got to the end of my junior year of high school, I really started thinking about where I wanted to go. The idea that money would be one of the biggest factors in deciding where I went to college was a mind-blowing realization to me. I’m blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to be able to go to a top university with minimum debt.

However, I would be lying if I said that finances are not something I think about on a daily basis when at BU. From affording the city, to funding my extracurriculars, to worrying every year that my loans may go up or I will no longer be able to afford to attend college. In a perfect world, I would not have to think about any of this. I would be able to study what I love, pursue my passions, have a good time, and live the college dream. My dependence, however, on financial institutions hinders me from fully enjoying my college experience.

However, I would be lying if I said that finances are not something I think about on a daily basis when at BU. From affording the city, to funding my extracurriculars, to worrying every year that my loans may go up or I will no longer be able to afford to attend college. In a perfect world, I would not have to think about any of this. I would be able to study what I love, pursue my passions, have a good time, and live the college dream. My dependence, however, on financial institutions hinders me from fully enjoying my college experience.