The stress of maintaining grades, as well as working a part-time job and keeping up a social life, takes a toll on students. However, these worries are secondary to one thing: finances. While people say that college should only be about working toward an education, trying to make financial ends meet is exceedingly difficult. Most disposable incomes of students are allotted to college expenses, not leaving much with which for students to have fun. With what little is left over, spending scholarship/grant funds on themselves is completely justifiable.
Students have become more focused than ever on budgeting and managing their finances. Nearly 80 percent of students have a part-time job, working an average of 19 hours per week. Some outside aid provides students funds that can be used towards anything they choose. Not to imply that students should splurge the entirety of that sum on material goods, but that that investment should be used to mitigate collegiate stress, especially as we head into finals.
Whether it is going to the movies with friends or shopping for new clothes, it’s perfectly acceptable to prioritize a social life over an academic one at times. One part of the college experience does not have to suffer because of the other, and students should not have to choose which one to give up. College is demanding and taxing. Therefore, if buying something purely on the basis of want rather than need is enough to relieve some of the strain of classwork, so be it.
College is about balancing education and life. If the scale tips over fully to one side, then the equilibrium is gone. There is no reason why students shouldn’t use grants or loans to keep that equilibrium in check. After all, the college experience should be a positive one. As long as the purchase is within reason, there is no harm in a little self-indulgence.