What does it mean to be poor? Does it mean being a single mother with two kids in New York City, waiting for the next

paycheck in order to buy groceries? Does it mean living with almost no furniture in your apartment because your income

doesn’t allow for extras like beds or chairs? Or does it mean having to live with the distended bellies of the chronically

malnourished throughout the peripheral nations of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia? Poverty has a thousand faces and a

thousand gradations; there is no single definition that pulls together every part of the spectrum. You might feel you are

poor if you can’t afford cable television or buy your own car. Every time you see a fellow student with a new laptop and

smartphone you might feel that you, with your ten-year-old desktop computer, are barely keeping up. However, someone

else might look at the clothes you wear and the calories you consume and consider you rich.