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Struggling college student

I lost my job in August of 2008. I was with the company for a little over two years and got let go due to staff reduction. I’m a college student, and like the majority of college students I was struggling a bit financially, but I’m now beyond struggling and fighting hard to keep my head above water. I have applied to a number of places but no one is hiring, however I still apply frequently to anywhere and everywhere. It’s gotten so bad that I’ve even had people not TAKE my application because “We are not hiring”. I frequently question what I am going to do if next semester I still haven’t gotten a job opportunity and I can’t pay for my units, books, etc. I can only imagine how hard it is to get by for those unemployed with children.