“Most people have an idea that the boy or girl who goes to college has an easy time of it,” wrote Selby A. Moran. “This may be true in a measure with those whose parents are well-to-do and are able to pay all of their children’s expenses and gratify their every desire. It certainly is not the case with the thousands of young men and women who are struggling to obtain a college education and have nothing more than their own efforts on which to depend.”
Moran’s Over 100 Ways to Work One’s Way through College (readily available on Google Books) offers up such prospects as peeling potatoes, soliciting orders for underwear, selling and repairing fountain pens, and organizing orchestras and giving concerts (let that last one sink in for a minute). It was also written in 1906, and times have changed since then for college students (if only slightly). The government was keen to subsidize tuition, there was a whole industry devoted to private financial aid, and the potato peeler has s...
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