Robert lost his mother when he was seventeen months of age. His grandmother stepped in his life and took over. She was everything to him; she raised him and sends him to school. Robert said, “If I didn’t have my grandma, I wouldn’t have been the young man who I am today. My grandma really played a big role in my life, like being the mother, the father, everything to me, a friend.” (All the difference, Robert).
As the only other person except for my mother who works in our family, I have to support her. Everything I earn goes towards rent payments each month. If there are any leftovers, I try to cover my personal expenses, such as club dues. As a fan of debate and public speaking, I decided to join Mock Trial at the beginning of my junior year. At the time, I did not know, that Mock Trial was going to change my high school career.
As I sit here with millions of task to do all I can do is freak out. I have finals, cheer try-outs, trying to figure out where I’ll attend school/ living next semester, finding a summer job, and what not. I became bombarded with anxiety and fear; I called my Momma ( April Robertson ). She told me listen to the song she use to sing when we were younger: If You Want Me To – Ginny Owens. We as humans get so caught up in life and our plans.
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.
When My mom decided to move to USA from Pakistan because my dad business was here. I was really sad I didn't want to leave my country because all my friends was there and I was also scared that I would not be able to adjust and adapt to American culture. When I first came here everything felt so different the food, the language, the way people dressed, etc. So when I started going to school here and it was my first day I felt like I did not belong here because I could not speak the language and I thought I would never be able to learn English. So when I came back home from school, I told my mom I really wanted to go back to Pakistan because I feel like I did not belong here.
During the week of tryouts we practiced right after school from 3:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. I was so tired that I had to come home and go straight to bed. I also missed my cousin's birthday party, and even a few other events because of practice. I missed some school events, too. But making the squad had always been an enormous dream of mine.
Everything began about 12 years ago in El Salvador. When my father left El Salvador to come here to the United States, leaving my siblings, my mother, and me in El Salvador to give us a better life. Since that moment, when I saw my parents, working arduously every single day to try to get us out of poverty, to have better life conditions for me and my brothers; I knew that I had to become a professional to help my parents and reward them for all the effort and sacrifice that they have done for me. Years later, I started to wonder how engines, computers, and every type of machines work, and after going deeper into the topic, I felt fascinated in knowing how complex things work. From that moment I knew that I have to become an engineer.
I started to recall all the evenings we would as a family drive downtown and pass out containers of meals to the homeless, the hour long weekend drives to a heavily populated hispanic city of Eustis to assist the less fortunate for five consecutive years and the nights my mom stayed up until my father arrived from work. My parents were the best role models and persistently encouraged me to reach beyond what they’ve accomplished and engrained in me the most valuable lesson that’ll never be taught in a classroom which is to care for those around you even when you need it most. I was given that which is has no price, never fades and is constant which is love. My upbringing has made me the independent person I am today and has guided my desire to help others through my interests in the medical field and
After a few weeks went by, she moved in with her baby’s daddy. The whole school was making fun of her and wasn’t soon after her whole community found out. She was being shamed for her pregnancy and couldn 't get a good paying job to support her new family. When she was ready to have her child, she went into debt because she couldn 't afford for the care she need for her and her child. Not soon after, she became poor and went into poverty.
I feel that I possess the qualities of scholarship service leadership and character that makes me a good candidate. End School I struggled for many years with my ADHD. That has made it difficult for me to focus in school. But I have worked through it and I'm strong for that I've Sports from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. I don't normally get home until 9:00 at night and that gives me a little time to be able to do my homework and still eat and I have that schedule from Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday and on Saturdays I have it for 4 hours I worked there my school struggles with my ADHD and my out of school struggles to and by that 4 years I got A's and B's and that's it on my report card but this year I've been going above and beyond and I have been a straight-A student all year long I'm proud of myself for doing this and being able to work through my struggles.
Mrs. Bravo deals with depression from the loss of her husband, neglect from her children, income, and diabetes. By the age of 18 Virginia was married to her high school sweetheart and pregnant with her first child, widowed, single mother and alone, Virginia choose to leave New York on her own and move to Daytona Beach, starting her career as a teacher assistant in Mainland High School and various schools in Volusia County. At 28 Virginia decided to try love again, she married a man that she calls “love at first sight”. I choose to interview Ms. Bravo owing to the fact that she was the only person there from a different ethnicity background; due to the location of the YMCA there are not many elderly people from different ethnic background. During the interview Mrs. Bravo speaks about her reason she comes to YMCA, her life before and after her husband death and how the music from the active adult classes makes her reminisce about the good times she has shared with her husband and her kids.
August 15, 2014: I got a call from a mother who had seen my babysitting ad at the local market. She urgently needed someone to start watching her twin, three-year-old boys four times a week. My initial thought was, "Can I take care of two toddlers by myself?" The only reason I wanted a job was to help my mom pay the bills. Eventually, I learned that I love spending time with them.
My father set the dream of his son going to college and obtaining a degree. And my mother set the standard for hard work when she had to raise two children, by herself- after my father had passed away. She set the standard by being a single mother, working two full time jobs as a Registered Nurse and getting her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Something that took her my whole life to obtain. She wanted to be a Nurse since she was sixteen and never lost that drive to obtain that goal.
I was at home with my mother who is an extraordinary nurse and she gave me the care I needed she stayed with me everyday and every night from four A.M. throw ups to me crying out in pain she was my rock and I can honestly say that if it wasn 't for her I wouldn 't have made it. Aside from the at home support even though last year was the big senior year coming back to school was easy I wasn’t paying tuition or dorm rooms I came back and made up the necessary work to graduate without it being stressful, I believe if it was now or in a year or two it would have been really hard to come back from a month and a half hospital stay. It was a tough event but the time of it all really was