I never really took school seriously, I never even dreamt of being a college student, I wasn’t motivated. That was until, I saw that my parents were struggling financially and then filed for a divorce. Every time things got hard, both my mom and dad would tell me to “Focus, take school serious so that you can be successful and help us in the future”. Those words were my call to adventure. That was my motivation, that made me graduate high school and enroll myself at College of Saint Elizabeth.
She received another push towards getting an education less than a year later when her older brother, Daniel, was diagnosed with cancer. “It threw my world into chaos,” said Cristina, “less than a year after losing my child, I was possibly going to lose my brother, who helped me so much after losing my child. You live in denial about things like this happening, but cancer runs in my family and my brother had it.” Her brother was one of the main reasons Arriola decided to go back to school as he stressed its importance. “Danny motivated me to go back to school and made me promise that I would no matter what happened,” said Cristina, “He knew how important it was and wanted me to have a good life.” Shortly after Cristina promised her brother that she would go to school, he passed away. “I didn’t go to school right away, but I knew that I would.” Needing a change, at 23 Cristina moved to Chicago, where she “saw a little bit more of the world and saw that [she] could go do more and be more.” While working in Chicago, she worked with people who had bachelor 's degrees and saw that she would really need to continue school in order to keep going with her
Malcolm’s mother's was Caribbean-born scholar who reunited with Malcolm in his last days. Also, Malcolm wished he knew more about his mother. Malcolm and other family members reunited with their mother after 25 years, and his mother went to live with her daughter before she died in 1991. This is the time Malcolm said was the best time in his life. Malcolm was not close to his family growing up because his father died when he was young, and his mother struggled to support her children and she did not have any assistance.
Skeeter went against society's expectations by finishing college and not getting married, unlike her friends that dropped out when they got married. Skeeter and her mom quarrel a lot about how she isn't married at her age. The also argue about how she should have come home with a husband and not a diploma. “We’ve had this conversation so many times. “Four years my daughter goes off to college and what
It was a very sad moment when I had to say goodbye, the words didn 't even wanted to come out of my mouth. Whenever, I felt like a part of me were staying with them and that my life will not be the same. Since, I was just 12 years old and I had no idea about how leaving my country and part of my family was going to change my life, I thought that was just stupid. So that, I were angry and crying for almost one week. It is really sad and hard when you have to leave the people you lived with for 12 years and not only that, if no also leave your country without having no idea how you were going to live and how was everything in another country.
She visited Planned Parenthood multiple times before making a final decision on whether she would terminate her pregnancy. I asked Gina what the biggest reason was for wanting to get an abortion was and she replied, “I was very young and felt unprepared to bring another life into this world when I didn’t feel my life had even started. Plus, I was living with my parents and working two part-time jobs, as was my boyfriend. We just weren’t ready at all.” Much like Gina’s scenario, many young men and women cannot afford primary health care, especially prenatal and postnatal care, so they go to Planned Parenthood where they are provided with affordable reproductive opportunities. When I asked Gina how she was treated at Planned Parenthood, she said, “It was scary at first going in there because I didn’t know what I wanted yet or how much it would cost or anything.
I soon quit the team because I could not take it anymore. The hardest part about quitting was telling the few friends that I had about my decision. After my last week, I attended a church camp in Missouri. There I had the worst week of my life, mostly from hate and depression. After that week, I thought that life had nothing for me.
When I was in my freshmen year of high school I was known as the guy who was too afraid to speak his mind and become more interactive with my years. After over a year of depression and loneliness I was destined to just run away and disappear from the world. That was until my family realize about my problems and decided to put me as part of the youth group known as the Young Peoples Department, where I have desperately tried to avoid, to increase my self-esteem and to motivate me be evolved with my own community. With that booster I was able to explore other groups which includes cooking at my church, ushering, becoming president of my own youth group, and join a group called the Upward Bound. One day I decided to volunteer at an airshow where
I was constantly depressed, and crying myself to sleep knowing that I didn’t say goodbye to her, that she wouldn’t be there for my quinceanera. My grandmother was the person that influenced my parents into coming to America, and finding a future for me, a better education, and opportunities, things I would never achieve in Cuba. My mom would always tell me to study hard, and keep moving forward because my grandmother would always ask about me and how i’m doing in school, as well as to keep pursuing my dreams. At school I was able to focus on my work with the help of my friends. They were there by my side, and many of them understood my pain because they have once lost a grandparent in their life before, they would tell me that the pain would pass by soon, and that life keeps going.
And I ended up going to traditional school because I didn’t want to leave because I enjoyed going to traditional school. But a few weeks after school started I was called to guidance to talk with my guidance counselor. And when I got there she didn’t sugar code nothing she came straight out and said I wasn’t going to graduate because I didn’t have enough credits, couldn’t pass the EOC or FCAT and I had really poor GPA. So with that being said I made the decision to go to an alternative school named Fresh Start.