I grew up poor my entire life, however my parents raised me in a very expensive city (renting a crappy house), it has actually been named the most expensive city to live in, in North America. I was told that as long as I work hard, and get myself educated, I will have success in life. Considering the fact that my family was poor I had to sacrifice a lot of life during my undergrad. Never got to go away on trips, rarely ever went out with friends (cost), and always had to worry and stress about the piles of student loans that were accumulating. However I was a great student, and was on my way to great things, until my health took a hit. It turns out that my body is prone to autoimmune diseases, where the immune system thinks that parts of your body are actually foreign, and creates an antibody to destroy it. The summer before I started 3rd year of my undergrad after transferring from college, my body attacked and destroyed my Thyroid Gland. For 2 whole years I was living my life with almost no thyroid hormone which completely ruined my undergrad. I was not myself for years, and everything that I was once able to do, I wasnt able to do anymore. My strengths weren't strengths anymore. I was nothing anymore. In order to apply to the many jobs in my field, you either have to already have experience in the field, or have spectacular marks. The hypothyroidism was affecting every aspect of my body, including memory, and cognitive function. I couldn't apply for any jobs because I didnt even meet the minimum required cutoff for marks, and now its been almost a year since I've graduated and I still have no job. And my parents are still poor. All those years of sacrifice for nothing. I could have just worked all those years, made money, and truly lived, and enjoyed life.