I was born in Anderson, Indiana, the first child and only daughter to a northern Pennsylvania-bred father and a southern-Louisiana mother. My family, and specifically the backgrounds of my parents, has had a profound impact on the person I am today. From my father, I inherited a strong work ethic and a determination to accomplish whatever I set out to do. My father was a teacher for many years and he instilled in me the importance of education and life-long learning. As a result, I’m still taking college courses and always looking to learn new things.
I am the first in my family to go to college and with that being said, I have always felt the pressure to be the best role model and example for my younger sisters. Growing up, my parents have always been really strict on me, more than they have been with my younger sisters. I never really understood why, until now two months after my fathers’ death. My fathers’ dream was always to see his three daughters graduate with a college degree. Both of my parents, especially my father always expressed to me the importance my education, for my future.
And so, I began with one main question. Is earning a college degree worth the debt that you might incur? I recognize myself as incredibly blessed with the opportunity that I have regarding payments required with college. All the expenses of my time at college, not including books, will be settled for by my Father, and for this I am truly grateful. Nevertheless, I began to contemplate the other high schoolers who do not have this opportunity like I do.
For a lot of student athletes sports are the only thing that they rely on as an opportunity to make a better life for themselves. Many student athletes come from poor families that have a low graduation rate. As they grow up, they realize the outstanding athletic gifts they have and use their potential to get noticed by colleges, thus receiving a scholarship.Jabrill Peppers is one of the best players in college football, he was nominated for the heisman trophy this year. What a lot of people don't know is that he grew up in a harmful environment, always waking up in the morning having the thought of if he was going to live to see tomorrow. Getting the scholarship to the University of Michigan, is what he saw as his opportunity to do something useful with his life.
I believe that I should be awarded the Franklin County DHR Scholarship because I have shown how hard I have worked throughout my high school career. If I were to be lucky enough to be selected for this scholarship, I know I will continue to apply the same diligence and determination to my collegiate studies as I have to this point, making my education and future my top priority. Financially I need this scholarship to assist my family in paying for my college education. If I am lucky enough to receive this scholarship, it would greatly help ease the burden on my parents. Receiving the scholarship will provide me with the peace of mind and security to help pay for tuition, books, and other college expenses.
But my decision is final, so I shifted to nursing even though I’m incoming 3rd year in my Computer Science course and shifting to nursing means I will be 1st year again. I understand the reason why my father is not agreeing on my decision at that time. He feels that I wasted 2 years of my college at the same time he can’t afford nursing in case my aunt change her mind. My family is poor but my father believe that education is the only treasure he can give that no one else can take. Despite of everything, I enrolled in nursing for first semester.
Since the time children enter the modern day elementary system, they are told the only way to be successful is to go to college. American students look up to their parents who have a college degree and a good job, and think “I want to be successful one day like that.” The pressures are very high for kids all over the United States. With the addition of the higher education, comes more pressure to do well, and also pressures to be able to walk right into the workforce and get a good job. The pressures of not going to college are also really high. Most Americans without a degree have to work more, for less, just so they can support themselves and their family.
If you get student loans most likely you would be paying for them your whole life. If you go straight to work you can raise money to pay for your college tuition, and not need student loans. You would probably still have to work in college to fully pay off your college tuition, but at least you won’t have to pay loans your whole life. 40 million americans now have at least one outstanding student loan. Some may say that high school grads should go straight to college because it would help them in the future.
Although it wasn’t much of a fad only a few decades ago, going to college plays a big part in our society today. It strongly affects how we get jobs and how we are looked at by other citizens. And without a doubt, finding the perfect formula for college is one of the most debated parts of our education system today. Parents, students, and teachers all have countless different opinions on how it should be done. It all depends on the situation, but personally I have come to the conclusion through interviewing real people who have experienced the process of college that you should enter college out of highschool, after applying far ahead for both many colleges and many grants, then work part time through college.
I have learned to make use of the time given to me so that I can create the best work I can. As I move forward into English 102 and other college classes I will take these useful and important lessons with me. This is just the start of my higher education and I cannot wait to