Riley Borup collects garbage bags at an apartment complex in Lynnwood, Wash. Frustrated by distance learning, Borup dropped out of his engineering program at Everett Community College to take a job as a trash collector.

Riley Borup collects garbage bags on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at an apartment complex in Lynnwood, Wash. Borup, who was studying engineering at Everett Community College, dropped out of school during the pandemic to take on a job as a trash collector. Borup said he plans to return to school next year. (Jovelle Tamayo for NPR)