The Huntington News, February 2023
Cynthia Barrera, a second-year criminal justice and political science combined major, has a packed schedule for a Northeastern University student: she’s balancing four classes while working 10-15 hours a week as a peer mentor, a teaching assistant and a receptionist at an office on campus. “There comes a struggle with learning how to balance my work life and my school life. And a lot of professors aren’t always the most understanding when it comes to you having to balance life outside of Northeastern that isn’t solely just student life,” Barrera said.
Barrera is a first-generation, low-income student who needs to contribute to her tuition bills to attend Northeastern.
“We’re trying to earn money and live on our own,” she said.