How were you able to pay for college? She had worked as a church secretary, and she worked at hickory farm, and for her third job, she babysat neighbor’s kids. What were you friends like? “Their nice, some are older, and the other were my age.” Although she cannot remember what she liked about KCC, what she did not like was going to courses from 7:00 am to 6:pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She also did not like that her first course started on one campus, and ended on the second campus.
Change is a part of life. With change we grow and learn about ourselves and as well as others. Transitioning to college from high school is a substantial adjustment. Coming from a small high school and knowing all my classmates was a blessing but it did not prepare me for the shift in environment that I am now in, a large university. Yeonmi Park was faced with hardship and human trafficking and had to adapt to survive.
Although it’s a new experience it builds up a lot of pressure for the first generation college students because their family excepts you to do well and make them proud. In a recent interview I did with a fellow classmate, Carmen Li, she talks about how “Going to college is not only the dream of my parents but also mine as well. I want to be a useful person and find a good career to support my family. I don 't want to live in the box under the bridge.” Many first generations can agree with what she said because no parents want their children to be living in a box under the bridge. Parents have high expectations for their children to succeed.
After graduating high school and witnessing the family problems going on at home, I decided to live with my parents and attend a community college. My college career had a rough beginning. Soon after I began the fall semester, the arguments at home were intolerable and lead to my parent’s divorce. Not only did I have to deal with school assignments, now I had to recover from the psychological abuse I had suffered. Although it was a very difficult time for me, I kept myself distracted with school so that I would not think about my family issues.
I mainly became a college student because my father had the resources for me to be able to apply with some scholarships. Without that, I'm not sure I would be here, because my family is very against student loans. My mom really pushed me to go to college as well, but I too have the interest in getting my first degree. My mother, father, and two older sisters have all had some college education. I'm not sure if this influenced me in anyway, besides one of my older sisters having trouble finishing her online courses.
Throughout the first week of EOF I’ve learned about many things, but most importantly be grateful for the opportunity getting a higher education beyond a high school degree, that majority of people like me can 't afford. Transition from high school into college is a huge difference because you are now in your own, and even though there are people on campus to help you, you have to take responsibility for your own self. One might be tough but being away from home is hard, since mom is not around to cook those delicious meals, do your laundry, remind you to do your work, take care of you when sick, as well as other things. I’ve learned that transition from high school into a college setting takes time, but it is all about getting used to a new
In America, there has seemed to be a teaching of how to achieve the “American Dream” or that is what everyone should all strive for. Often in schools, teachers attempt to lead students to college as if it was the only option in life to be “successful”. As people go through life asking their self if college was really worth it, they soon find the answer depending on how successful they were. After watching my sister, who is a freshman in college, I have come to the conclusion that college is not worth the stress, the strife, or the worry. One of the main underlying issues about attending college is the financial struggle that goes along with college.
Who I am is divided into two distinct sections: the shy, reliant child I was before Upward Bound and the confident, independent adult I have become. Upward Bound (UB) is a college preparatory program for low-income, first-generation college students, but its effects go much deeper than that. The workshops during the school year provide opportunities to meet college students in an informal setting where they can be honest about their college experiences. My first year I remember a girl telling me, “The first week I got to college I cried myself to sleep every night,” which was terrifying to hear. It made me dread the summer segment of UB, when I would stay on Ohio University’s campus in Athens for five weeks to take mock college classes.
That way, if I need help or something happens, my family is able to come to my aid. Determining where to go to college is a hard and stressful time, but with the knowledge of the colleges it can help make the decision easier. Growing up, my mother always begged me to go to Indiana University Southeast (IUS) and live at home. Being a teenager, I shot that idea down
I have had a very difficult time adjusting to college because I knew how to take advice about asking for help and not actually asking for help when I needed it. During my freshman year, this was a great problem and this resulted in me ending the year with a low GPA and losing my scholarship. The wake-up call came when my strong mother broke down after I told her I had lost my scholarship and that she had to pay out of pocket for me to attend an expensive institution. Although I could have dropped out and attended the community college near my home, my mother reminded me that this was my one and only shot at a college education. For the next two semesters, I worked hard and brought my GPA above a 3.0 which helped me regain my scholarship.