“Suddenly, I found myself with almost nothing”

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In March 2018, a thousand students and apprentices held a march in Bern to demand better study and working conditions.


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In March 2018, a thousand students and apprentices held a march in Bern to demand better study and working conditions.


The crisis exacerbates the precariousness of students. Between a new job and returning to the parents’ house, it is daily resourcefulness.


In March 2018, a thousand students and apprentices held a march in Bern to demand better study and working conditions.


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In March 2018, a thousand students and apprentices held a march in Bern to demand better study and working conditions.


A 22-year-old student from Vaud, Alexandre * had a certain financial autonomy thanks to two jobs which he carried out at the same time as his studies. “I worked alternately as a security guard in sporting events and a salesperson in a store. But since the spring, meetings have been played behind closed doors and the store has welcomed fewer customers. I lost my two jobs. Suddenly I ended up with next to nothing. After two months of rent arrears, I had no way out. I went back to live with my parents. ”

When promiscuity adds to the galley

Cristina * saw her parents arrive from Latin America in March. “The three of us were living in a studio and a week after they arrived, the bar where I served had to close. The promiscuity added to the galley. Fortunately, a friend’s dad found me a job as a night porter in an institution, ”says the student from Neuchâtel. Like Alexandre and Cristina, they are hundreds of students plunged into a precariousness exacerbated by the health crisis. For Ada *, a student at the Heig-VD, the distance courses made her freeze-rider anxieties disappear while creating a new concern. “Traveling by train Lausanne-Yverdon is too expensive for me. But at home, I can’t concentrate ”.

But some are doing well. This is the case with Frank *, a sociology student in Lausanne, who delivers meals to elderly people. “In May, it will be a year. My travel expenses are reimbursed and it is well paid ”, he relishes.

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