College: Is It Worth It? As a student in high school, the pressure of figuring out what I want to do in the future is real. The idea of growing up and getting a college education seems to be always in the back of my mind and it is hard. What if I don’t want to go to college? It’s hard to even think about that seeing as not going to college is often seen as lazy and irresponsible, but should it be seen that way?
When I was in middle school classmates would ask me if I could hang out with them I would always tell them no because of my parents, they would never believe me. I believe Hispanic parents are stricter than American parents because of the way the parents were raised, the town we live in, and they are very protective. The first reason for Hispanic parent begin strict is because of the way they were raised. When you are a Hispanic that has never been to Mexico you don’t understand because you will never see or feel how it is to be poor in Mexico. For example, my dad loved school he loved learning, but he only graduated from middle school, then went to work because when his dad had passed away.
She replied saying that I should be happy to go on this trip and that it would be a fun time and probably a hundred times better than staying in DeMotte. My parents had always wanted to take us on a vacation, but we never seemed to have the time nor money to do so, and I guess somehow she thought that this would make up for all of those missed times. So thinking of this I said “If this is to send me on a vacation because we haven’t been able to make one I would much rather be repaid by staying home.” And with this she sent me to my room. I impatiently waited for my dad to come home thinking maybe, just maybe, he could get me out of this. That night at dinner, I brought the topic back up
With senior year of high school coming to a close, comes an overwhelming amount of stress about moving away to college. At the beginning of this school year, I was eager to leave and excited to go away, but I came to a realization that leaving home alarms me. At this point in time, I began to notice just how much my parents do for me and just ruminating about everything I would have to do on my own now, makes me nervous. School has never been an issue for me but what my friends say about college, makes it even more petrified to go. Being constantly asked questions like, “how do you always get your work done?” or “how do you have such good time management?” reassures me that I will do fine in college.
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.
I enrolled in college not knowing what exactly to expect and with many doubts but by taking that gigantic leap out of my comfort zone, my life has changed drastically. In high school, I was never the type of student to strive for A’s or to be on the honor roll. My siblings were the ones who did great in school with minimum effort but I struggled and often became discouraged.I remember vividly telling my mother I was going to drop out in the ninth grade. I thought I would be stuck at a warehouse job but now I have goals and dreams, all because I took one
My statuses and the roles attributed to those statuses contributed to the decision to attend college. For my Mother, there was no option, my brother and I were attending and finishing college, but she did not care where we attended. With and indifferent standpoint, my father did not stress the importance to attend college, but would support us no matter what we decided. A major aspect of my role was obedience. Traditional values and a family centered on a mother figure were values that my brother and I learned from my parents.
Now we see that it ranges anyway from poverty to not have guidance from a counselor at a younger age. All these things are very important in making kids not want to go and deterring them away. So in the future we will all have to play a part in making this change so everyone gets a chance to go to college, because it is very important and can lead to a better chance at life and a future for some of these kids and without it they might not get the chance to do what they want with their lives. Further research could have been done if I had more time. It would have progressed my paper and maybe I could have talked to some of my family members who didn't attend college and find out their reasons.
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.
It does sound fun but it just doesn’t seem like an attainable goal for me. My short term goal is to be able to not get distracted by everything around me when I’m trying to focus and to be able to pay attention in class so I can stop failing some of my quizzes and tests. I’ve had concentration problems for a long time and it seems like I can only focus on video games and nothing else. My mid term goal for life is to be able to enter a college, anything is fine. My mom wants me to go to Georgia tech, but I honestly think it’s impossible unless I can get my act together and actually study.
Deciding to attend Texas A&M University was both a hardship and immense, opportunity in my life. Coming from a close knit background, and possessing a very family oriented character, my decision to come to this incredible institution was one out of my comfort zone. If I was to be asked one year ago, If I could ever see myself standing on this marvelous campus, attending one of the top schools in the nation, I would have honestly responded, no. My counselors would have said no, my friends, my college advisor, my family. The answer would not have been yes, not because I wasn 't capable of meeting the standards to attend, but because there seemed more obstacles in my way than there was forces pushing me forward.
However, despite all the obvious reasons to choose community college, why do some students end up attending a university? Centennial senior, Emily Warren gives her input on why she chose Olivet Nazarene University over a local community college, “I always knew that I wanted to go to a Christian university so I could find a spiritual foundation for my education. Money wasn’t the deciding factor because money can’t buy the life long experiences that this university can.” Warren makes some solid points as to why some students may still choose a university. Money may not always be the main factor, as Warren discusses, and personal beliefs can factor into why a student may not attend a community college. However, community colleges offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities and religious groups.
Returning to college has been an exciting and terrifying decision for me. My husband has encouraged me for 1-2 years, but my fear of failure overwhelmed me and kept me from pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree. I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to pursue. I’m now on this journey and ready for whatever it is that God has planned for me. I have worked hard encouraged my three kids as they transitioned their way through elementary school through middle school and on to high school and graduation.
Though I no longer regret it, I cannot deny that my decision to attend a community college instead of a four year was a mistake. Growing up my parents tried their best to make sure that I would have the opportunity to do whatever I wanted with college education despite our economic status. They entered me in educational programs, encouraged reading, taught me over the summer, and were always there to help. When I graduated high school I found myself at a major cross roads. I was sixteen, living away from home and held multiple acceptance letters in my hand; but the school I wanted to go to was in New York.
American teens My life compared to the Americans in the documentary is totally reversed compared to theirs. For starters, my parents hopefully don 't expect anything from me at all, only that I get through high school and get a job. They wouldn’t say that I wasn’t special just because my grades were above average but not #topoftheclass grades, they would instead encourage me to try harder in a good way I think. Then the Americans always have a pressure built up on them, for if they don’t get through high school and don 't get into college they would be nobodies and society would think of them as losers and failures. I don’t think that anybody would think of me a failure just because I didn’t pass school, they would probably start to think