My acquaintance Elizabeth comes from a musical family. Both of her siblings are musicians, so are their parents, and so is she. Her older sister Jen moved to a different city to pursue her passion, waited tables, and now makes some money performing small night gigs, but got her real estate license to supplement her income. Her younger sister Bailey is in high school and makes money working retail to save up for college.
Elizabeth hasn't shown the same inclination. She's majoring in music at an expensive private university but took a "break" in order to do an internship in the tropics. Now she's taking a break from her break (and has cut her internship short) to do music with a non-profit group that travels around the country. In the meantime she's put up a GoFundMe account and has repeatedly flooded Facebook with pleas for donations.
I have to roll my eyes at this one. I'm obviously not going to say anything (and I don't know if this story actually crosses the line to SS territory), but I know for a fact that the only job she's ever had is giving flute lessons one summer. My family would probably kill me if I started a GoFundMe account, and especially if I titled it "Adelaide's Dream Trip" and asked people to donate because I "just really want to do this" and "because it's my dreaaaam" and "I want to have a magical summer." Will this non-paying gig be good on her resume for the future? Probably. Are there other ways for Elizabeth (her specifically, not speaking for other people) to get and save money besides her friends and family? Yes.