I know, it sounds impossible considering the recent years' economy but I could not agree less, these days, when there's about a zillion opportunities to save money and complete your dream education.
My college years (well, we call it faculty over here) were some of the toughest not because the classes were hard or I had a hard time fitting in, as many students are experiencing today, but because of my lack of financial backup.
My parents have always been poor while I was having very high standards for myself and they did their best to support me. Yet, money don't grow in trees and they had to struggle a lot to help me survive through school with the minimal financial support they could afford.
My law school books were costing a fortune, I used to spend all my teeny tiny scholarship/grant that I've been busting my brains to get, on books and that still wasn't enough. Sometimes I was photocopying some of the books, sold on outrageous prices, or sharing textbooks with my fellow colleagues, experiencing the same financial crisis as myself. They weren't many, surprisingly, I presume that Law Faculty was designed to be attended by wealthy people's brood.
Needless to say there were absolutely no resources left to pursue any social life, like going out with my girlfriends for a cup of coffee or a night out in a students club. I wasn't very popular back then, thanks to my lack of money.
Most of those textbooks are not even in my possession anymore, as I kept moving around during these last 15 years since I've graduated, some of them got destroyed, some simply lost. So all my money went to trash, basically. What a waste!
Now a days things are not as hard thanks to some smart people, with a good heart and of course a good eye for business. Students can rent their textbooks now through sites like Campus Book Rentals, which I personally find amazing, considering I have experienced so much financial struggle first hand.
Students can not only rent the textbooks they need for short periods but can also rent back their own textbooks, not only saving up by paying less than half price to rent books, but also making money too, 2-4 times as much money. The books can also be returned within 30 days with a 100% refund. Plus Campus Book Rentals organizes all kinds of monthly giveaways, textbook scholarships, shirts, and other prizes, all meant to make a student's life easier and help them enjoy the college years. I'm sure you'd agree with me, that's really amazing for a student!
I wish I was born about 15 years later than I was, so I could take advantage of such resources. My life as a student would be much rosier, I could have worried less and smiled more, just like these guys.