Although I worked a campus job that may soon be nonexistent due to the precarious nature of the fall semester, it alone is not enough to cover the SIC and my mother has been working seven-day weeks and twelve-hour shifts for the past two years to make sure that I won’t have to deal with student loan debt in the future. As a nurse working two jobs (ER and senior care) on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, her occupation is getting riskier at the moment as states are reopening and cases are expected to surge in the coming months. Removing the SIC is the bare minimum that Yale must do for its students to ensure that they can survive in an economy built for expansion at the expense of human lives.

Biman Xie, she/her, 2022, Silliman