Do Homeless People Go To College?

I wonder if I took a college course, if it would be easy to use the shower facilities.  Would I have to take a physical education class to do this?

Either way, a Jr. college seems like a much more acceptable place to take a shower at than the local, hoity toity neighborhood gym.

I COULD work out at the gym, THEN take a shower but I only have one decent pair of sweatpants and I can’t wear them every day.  So I sneak in and take a shower.  It’s getting easier every time I do it.  God I hate that place though.

College kids won’t care if I just come and shower.  They would probably think it cool that I’m living in my van.  That’s one of the reasons I like young people more than older people.  They still have a sense of adventure and they aren’t afraid of losing some “secure” job.

These poor kids…many of them are incurring debt going to college and they will NEVER make the money they thought they would.  I feel so bad for them.  Maybe in a way they are lucky though.  Maybe they will just do what they love and not get locked down into some stifling career that pays them just enough to hold them hostage.  I encouraged my oldest daughter to do what she loves.  She’s 24 and she’s still doing it.  She still has to work a day job but she’s very passionate about her real vocation and I believe she’ll be successful some day.  My younger daughter has chosen something in the medical field, which is more secure but she is also very interested in holistic and natural medicine.  I’m hope she will branch out into that end of things.  She wants to actually HELP people…imagine that!  I’m so proud of both my daughters.

Just think!  If more college kids went homeless, rather than paying to live in a dorm, they would have a lot less debt!  I’ll be honest.  My younger daughter is incurring a bit of debt at a private college, living in the dorms, so she can have the full college experience.  Her older sister and I tried to talk her out of it but in the end, she made the decision to do this.  I’m hoping and praying she will do well academically so she can get a couple of scholarships to help defray costs in the coming years.  She aught to when you consider her dorm room is about the size of my van!  AND she shares it with another girl!  Ha!

So I guess I’d better see if I can go to college.  I’ve always wanted to get a bachelors’ degree.  I will get every form of scholarship and aid I’m eligible for.  Why not?  At the very least, I’ll be clean.


About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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4 Responses to Do Homeless People Go To College?

  1. Ryu says:

    There is a guy who was homeless and going to college. He was homeless by choice, as he felt that paying 500/month for a sleeping place was unreasonable. His name is Xamuel and he writes a blog at:

  2. Maureen says:

    Ryu-thanks so much…I really like that blog.

  3. Ed ruth says:

    I am planning on living in my Toyota Tacoma with just a camper shell. I am on a small disability and 55. After divorce 6 years ago, I have started to date again from Christian Mingle dating site. Do you date? and how would you handle this being Homeless and still looking for a soul mate again? thanks for your thoughts, Ed

  4. Maureen says:

    Hi Ed. Yes I date. I think I’ve been on 4 dates since I started living in my van two months ago. My plan is to not tell a prospective suitor I’m homeless until he falls in love with me. 🙂

    I think it’s important in the beginning of a relationship to just get to know each other, then if things start looking serious, you start getting down to more specific issues. I think it’s safer too. The fact that one lives in his or her vehicle is not really something a stranger should know, if you think about it.

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