Dealing Drugs for Textbook Money: Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
One of my closest friends bought a $300 textbook for her sophomore math class. What she really got was a stack of papers. No binding. No folders. Just hundreds of pages with math on them. That’s what a $300 textbook looks like now.
(Okay, probably not everywhere- but why is this a thing?)
I myself shop on Amazon for my textbooks, typically settling for a previous edition because I refuse to pay 50% (or more) than the book is actually worth- unless it’s for a science class. Textbook inflation is astronomical and bars many from purchasing the tools they need to excel in their classes. (Not everyone who doesn’t have their homework is a slacker.)
And no, the school library typically does not stock enough textbooks for students to check out, or reference while tucked away in a study corner. So unless you can shell out $600-$900 dollars for textbooks in one semester, you’re out of luck. (And that’s with used prices too!) Financial aid and scholarships are sometimes necessary to support students conceding to the ridiculous prices of textbooks.
But, most of us don’t deal cocaine to make enough money to buy them.
We may beg our parents, or take on a part time job- sell off our video games even- but not become drug dealers. Two students were arrested in Arizona for selling cocaine, using their dorm room as their main headquarters. Police found a stash of cocaine, along with a helpful ledger documenting each act of illicit activity surrounding the cocaine operation.
They threw in marijuana for good measure.
The Digital Reader quotes one of the students who has a scholarship to NAU,
“[I] don’t have money to buy $600 worth of textbooks. . . they don’t tell you about all the extra things you have to buy in college. This is not me, it’s not the type of person I am.”
Instead of dealing drugs for textbooks consider other alternatives:
- Borrow textbooks from your friends who have already taken the class
- Rent textbooks
- Buy used textbooks from Amazon’s marketplace
- Check with your professor if previous editions are acceptable
- Make photocopies of your classmate’s textbook
- Take out a small student loan for textbooks only
- Apply for scholarships a semester before (essay contests are probably the easiest)
- Have a yard sale
- Pick up a crafting hobby and sell your wares
- Have a skill? Can you fix cars, mend clothes, or study well? Sell your services.
- Work for your school, they’ll typically give you free classes or money
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to fund your textbooks?
About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.