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This is my final semester at the University of Maryland, studying Broadcast Journalism. I’ll be taking 21 credits, using my seventh internship to extend my professional network, and working two jobs where tips will be paying for my school, my books, my groceries, and any other expense that comes up in a 21 year old’s life. It seems more and more that the only way to get ahead in a career is by having someone else fund your dream. I don’t believe in that. I want to fund my own life. I want to fund my dream. But when my paychecks are voided due to technicalities set forth by the restaurant industry, I can end up devoting a full week of work to making barely enough to afford rent. When you solely rely on tips for your livelihood, you are at the hands of the industry when it comes to living well, or not even knowing where your next meal may come from. That, I feel, is the scariest thing.