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Today I Met a Guy Who's Working on his 3rd Degree


He got his first degree 15 years ago in Anthropology, got a Biochemistry one, and is working on a Medicine related degree now. In order to do this, he works part-time, but recently he's actually picked up a bit of debt because of rising rent prices. He noted how when he first went to college around the Bay area, he had a place for $500/mo, but after all the big tech companies came into dominance, the place he previously had is at $2000/mo now.

Interestingly enough, when he was in college, he'd been homeless briefly and also did a study on homeless women during his antropology degree: how they survive on a day to day basis, keep safe, etc. He would hang out with homeless women all day, take his sleeping bag and sleep outside with them, etc. I asked him how women kept safe, and he told me how these homeless women would usually keep a platonic guy friend around them, so other "icky" men would keep off her because on the surface it would look like he was her boyfriend. He also mentioned how some homeless would rent a public storage unit to store their belongings, but also use it during daytime hours just as a space to hangout and keep off the streets until nighttime.

I told him my story on being homeless, and we exchanged names, then he went off to class because the location of his class got switched from the one we were in to a different one.

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