Student Ton Chiam Saeteurn Seeks Work, Adjusts to Online Classes During COVID-19 Crisis

Monday, March 30, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Ton Chiam Saeteurn, a junior majoring in Communication Studies at San Francisco State and an Oakland Promise student, knows all about the anxiety. Saeteurn commuted across the bay from his family’s home, until the school switched to online classes.

But the coronavirus crisis has caused bigger financial problems: Saeteurn lost much-needed income from his part-time security job at Chase Center. (He hasn’t yet received payments from the fund established by the Warriors to help game-day workers.) His parents, who work at a meat-packing company and as a farmworker, saw their hours cut sharply.

Saeteurn is looking for a job while adjusting to online classes.

“It’s been difficult,” he said. “I’m definitely frustrated, but this has shown me it’s a time for coming together with my family. … I’m trying to gather myself and find the resources I need.”