A change of plans because of Missouri Western

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By: Lenora Stearns

I am a senior in the social work program at Missouri Western. I am also a student worker in the Information Technology and Telephone Services office, which is my only source of income. On Nov. 8, I was told that after winter break I will no longer have a job. I am planning on moving to Texas in May to finish my degree and I was going to spend next semester working as many hours as I could to save up for the move. 

Knowing I have no job even though I only had a semester left of working there is really upsetting and stressful. My boss tried to help save my position for this reason and was still told that they could no longer have student workers in my office. Without having job security I worry about my financial situation for next semester, and adding moving expenses on top of that is even more stressful. I also have to do a practicum — that’s usually unpaid — in order to graduate. I was planning on using the money I saved to help me get by during this; most practicums are essentially a full time job at 30 or more hours a week. Without the guarantee of a job next semester, I’ll have to look at doing things like donating plasma just to get by, let alone save up for the future. 

I’m hoping that another department on campus will hire me, but with all the cuts happening I worry that I will get another job only to have it taken away from me before I can even begin. I think it’s ridiculous that so many people are being laid off because at the end of the day, the students are being screwed over. I hate having to find a new job only to leave it less than six months later. I know a lot of people are in the same boat. I understand that we need to cut money where we can, but I really wish there was a way to do so without students having to worry about job security.