Here I am, an 18 year old high school senior about to graduate. I'm stressed to the max about what I'm going to do next year. How on earth am I going to pay for college? I filled out my FAFSA and guess how much "government assistance" I'm getting? Absolutely none. Zero. Zilch. And why is that? Because I live in a good family, I'm a good student who's never gotten in trouble or done anything bad really, so it makes sense that I'm the kind of student who doesn't deserve help right? Wrong! I've been working my butt off trying to apply for scholarships and while I was searching I came across something... If I were to become a pregnant right now, I would receive more government benefits. I could go to college basically for free. I could get food stamps and have a free apartment and greatly reduced day care for my kid, all because I was irresponsible enough to have a kid before I was ready and able to support it on my own. Someone please explain to me why we are rewarding people for their irresponsibilities?
Now, before you all start jumping down my throats, I have a great respect for teen moms. One of my best friends is a teen mom and her entire world was flipped upside down when she found out she was going to have a baby. She is a great mom and yes, she deserves some assistance. But the government should assist her with the baby things, like buying diapers or formula. Not paying for her entire college education! And lately people have been abusing the system. I hear so many high school girls talking about how they WANT to get pregnant right now. That isn't the type of society we want to live in. We should reward the students who are responsible, not the ones who are taking the easy way out and not even caring about the fact that they are bringing a child into this world when they couldn't support their child without government assistance.