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Friday, September 16, 2005
   
Dear Bubby,

I am a sudent from India studying in Switzerland. My parents took a lot of efforts and sacrifice to bring me over here. I don't even know that do we have the money so that I can continue the next year over year.

My parents always wanted me to have the best in life, and so they did their best, but I have this huge pain in my head about money. I hardly have any money to survive and I don't want to ask them for any. My uncles are very rich but they have not offered me any help.

I just got a job but I barely save anything. I have so many wants that I can't satisfy. Sometimes I feel that I would have been better off in India, at least I would not have any money problems.

I feel so disgusted, at the age of 21 I can't support myself. I sometimes pray to God then I feel good but I know that I have a big problem in reality where only luck is the answer.

Please help me.

Love,
Pennyless



Dear Pennyless,

What you tell me is that you have no money and that is all you can think of. Well, you are not the only student who has that problen. You should have known and your parents should have known that to be in a strange country and a student you will have to pull in your belt.

You could transfer to a school in India and pursue your education and live at home. But if you want to stay where you are, why not go to the counselor of your school and ask for a job so that you can pay some of your tuition. Then you could try to get a part time job in the town. Or if your relatives are so rich, ask them to lend you some money that you will pay them back when you have graduation and land a position.

This is done all the time. I can tell you I did just that -- I got a job as a scretary to one of the administrators at the school -- paid half of my tuition - worked hard to finish high in my class and the school helped me get a job when I graduated. This was done over and over with many young people.

Good Luck - work hard in school and someday you can give this advice to another young student.
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