4 Story 4: Lauren

Young wong sitting at table holding tablet device

Lauren is a middle-class European American woman from El Paso.


  • Grew up middle class but moved often due to her parents’ job instability
  • Father was a gas station worker
  • Mother was a waitress in a busy local restaurant
  • Only biological child – parents adopted her cousins 1 boy, 1 girl due to the Department of Child Services involved in a domestic violence case with their biological parents. She was the oldest and often cared for her cousins/adopted siblings
  • Dropped out of school but finished high school with a GED – then pursued an AA in accounting. Did not finish college due to her family‚Äôs financial instability
  • Worked throughout high school and college to pay for her cousins and help her parents
  • Lives in her parents’ house – they are now deceased and she is raising her cousins/adopted brother and sister. They are 14 & 15 years old.
  • Has 12K in student loans and growing credit card debt 7K
  • Owns parents home, worth 130,000.00 – the mortgage is 985.00 for 10 more years
  • In a heterosexual dating relationship (does not live with her boyfriend)


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