As the school year comes to a close and the only thing on a senior’s mind is how are they going to pay for college? Throughout our high school careers we always get asked what our plans are after high school and never how are you going to pay for that next step of your life after high school. We barely get prepared for the real world in high school we are forced to take classes the school thinks will be good for us not what we think or what will be best for what we want to study for in college. How are high schoolers supposed to be able to pay for college when they don’t get prepared enough in high school to go on to that next level of schooling and have to more than likely go into debt just to be able to pay for it. Colleges should no longer cost an insane amount of money to go there.
Living their home country just so my siblings and I could get a better education and better life. As we all know, life in America is not that easy when you are newbies. As an 11 years old kid, I wouldn't know what to do or how to help my parents when they are going through a tough time. All I do was go to school, come home, and do some reading. Besides, school wasn't that easy for me because I didn't know English and I couldn't communicate with the people around me nor the teachers.
My friend's family from elementary school have me an opportunity to live with them. My grades averaged out to a C which allowed me to see my junior year in high school. My hopes of becoming a senior and finishing high school were fading fast, I knew I would not make it. But, I managed to see my first and only group home. I needed to free myself of any street activities in order to prosper.
I didn’t see him again until I was an adult. During my childhood, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents because my mother had to teach in another town. I loved going to school and was an excellent student. I continued to go to school until 10th grade when my grandmother and mother became ill so I had to take care of them. I was raised to not believe in segregation.
Being here has allowed me to take advantage of opportunities that my country didn’t have the ability to provide. Here in America have the opportunity to pursue an education beyond high school and to follow my dreams unlike some of my friends and family back home. While growing up, my mother always told
I have experience many financial hardships throughout my college career. This upcoming year I will max out my loan options and I will have to fund my education through my own personal expenses. Even though I am a dean's list student, I do not receive any scholarship funds from my university. I currently work part time in order to pay my school bill and my rent, but it won't be enough to fully cover my expenses. This past year has been particularly hard and I reached a point financial that I had to apply for a one-time emergency scholarship fund in order to remain in school.
I started receiving compliments from family members and from peers at school. This feeling was alien to me since I was never noticed in that way before. It created a feeling that I wanted to replicate, which made me come up with a plan. I decided I had to continue to lose weight because this was going to end the negativity in school. As a teen what was inspiring me was social expectations and I didn’t realize that losing weight also mean’t lowering my risk of health complications.
Also I saw the difficulty that my parents were having for not going to college or having a low level of education. Growing up my parents started to tell me “ that if I want to be successful you have to go to school”, and still I would not listen to them because to me it was absurd to keep going to school after high school. Life as a child is very different then the life of a teenager, young adult, adult or someone that is about to retire. As a child I just want to play around, and just have fun, and continue on the path that I wanted. Yet as I got older especially middle of my junior year in high school, reality hit me in the face, it felt like being hit with a baseball bat, I saw that I wanted to become somebody big in the Army respected by all soldiers,and people, and for me to do that I have to become well educated, have a good personality, and most importantly love God and this country.
At first I started off taking 1 or 2 classes per semester, but outside interference had me gradually upping the classes. Between work, a lack of motivation due to not having any idea of what I wanted out of life carved out, and pressure from family, I found myself not prepared for these classes. This is what you will see as you look up and down my transcript and see W's and WF's. You will see the unachieved goals, the times I thought I was an angel, the times I dreamt of being perfect. At the time of writing this paper I am 23 years old.
College is important to me personally, because it will teach me how to become an adult. When you’re in grade-school, you live with your parents/guardian and you rely on them to keep you in order. You depend on them to tell you to clean your room, call the school to mark you sick, provide your meals, and set restrictions on what you can and can’t do. When you go to college, however, you are mostly on your own. In order to succeed on your own, you must take responsibility for yourself.