The seeds of this project were sown in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2017. Having recently graduated high school, I found myself in a studio apartment. I was enrolled at Harrisburg Area Community College and wanted to devote all my time to school so that I could transfer to a nice university. I had signed a lease and had to come up with rent each month. This resulted in an unfortunate reality: given that I was only a high school graduate, it was nearly impossible for me to command an hourly rate high enough to cover my expenses without working at least 30 hours a week. With 30 hours as the minimum workload and a heavy incentive to work as few hours as possible to maximize my academic performance, my life seemed to be defined by a very thin financial margin each month and all the stress associated with it.
Level of Honors
magna cum laude
Peters, Matthew, "Miscalibrated: A Search for Better Outcomes in Legal Punishment, Pretrial Systems, and Beyond" (2022). Lawrence University Honors Projects. 186.