Monday, March 15, 2010

First Person: 'Sid,' homeless undergrad

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click to enlarge SURVIVOR MAN: Sid has subsisted off nuts, mulberries, worms and crickets.
  • SURVIVOR MAN: Sid has subsisted off nuts, mulberries, worms and crickets.

Sid is not the typical Emory student. He spends most of his time studying and hanging out with friends, but unlike his peers he goes home at the end of the day to a van he parks at the YMCA. Considering Emory's tuition costs about $50,000 a year, a "kudzu leaguer" living out of his van and scavenging meals from dining hall leftovers might seem surprising, but Sid lives a Spartan lifestyle by choice. Sustainable homelessness is something to which he aspires, and he hopes to always live as simply as he does now.

I think it was by freshman year of high school that I explicitly started telling everyone that I didn't plan to own a home. My family's insanely wealthy. It kind of makes me angry sometimes, because my mom's always remodeling rooms that work totally fine. She got a Jacuzzi, and they have a big-screen TV they watch all day, and I don't know, I guess I'm very distanced from that consumerist culture. She just feels this compulsion to always try to improve the house.

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