Jennifer Smith

I’m at an Oklahoma state agency that was affected by the Health Care and Student Aid legislation that passed in April. We used to be the agency that guaranteed loans between private lenders and the U.S. Dept. of Ed in the FFELP program. I still have a job for now, but am not 100% sure I’ll have one for long. We are getting reassuring messages from our leadership, but I think they are just as unsure as we are.

I enjoy working in government where I feel my skills and resourcefulness make an impact, but as the primary wage earner for my family, I’m not sure I can hang on with uncertainty for too much longer. I’ve already been looking for other options and feel like I’m in purgatory at this point and feel like I need to move out of state to pursue real opportunity.