Fresh outta high school and already onto another four possibly six years of college is a never ending cycle. So far, I’ve spent my entire life educating myself to further my knowledge, but sometimes I get a feeling as if I’m wasting my time and delaying my dreams. Don’t get me wrong, the more knowledge the better; however, I always think I should be doing something better with my life. Maybe because I’m considered a lazy 18-year-old who just started college a couple months ago and it already it feels like it’s been a lifetime. Aside the fact that it seems as if I have no motivation, I do, I just hate the fact that I have to figure out my career or field of interest at such a young age because there’s so much more to experience in life, other than classrooms.
If I do not get my education, I will not be able to do what I love. To conclude, I want to make my family proud. They came to this country to make my life easier and I took that for granted. Now that I see how much it matters I can change my path. It took me a long time to realize, some might even say it is a little late, but I believe I could strive to accomplish my college career successfully.
She always taught me that education is very important and knowledge holds more value than money, and I believed her-- until this past summer when I realized that there is a high price on obtaining knowledge after high school and that private institutions will try to prevent even the best of students from reaching their full potential if they don 't come from high-class families. When I learned that I would not be able to attend the school of my dreams solely due to the fact that my family could not afford it, I turned to Mike for advice and encouragement. He told me that it doesn 't always matter what school gives me the degree, just so long that I earned it, and that I don 't have to go into debt to earn a quality education. He then gave me a copy of his book, Self, Made, which I read within hours, and I felt so uplifted and determined to overcome these financial tribulations and decided continue to pursue post-secondary education. If God had not drawn me to Wave Church, I would 've never met Mike and would likely not be writing this essay
Going to college as a first-generation student does worry me about fitting in and succeeding at college. Since I am the first to attend college I am carrying a lot of weight on my shoulders right now. Not only am I doing this for myself, but making my family proud plays a big major in my life because I will be the first person to start a new life for my generation. I am worried because I am scared of not being able to fit in with my classmates due to the different backgrounds or lifestyles. Being part of the minority group can also affect me since usually people view us differently.
Whatever I may do may be a role model inspiring others model for growth and change. Moving outside of my comfort zone can and will apply in every area of my life. If I want to succeed at a personal or organizational level then I must continually challenge myself, by trying new
I have struggled in the past, but I will not let struggle become my future. Becoming a Rattler will fortify my family's legacy because I will be a first-generation high school graduate and the first to attend college. I could sit and not try to change the cycle, but I know that education is the only way that I can push forward in life. I see how my father has to work every day and always take extra shifts in order to make ends meet. I see how my mother has to scrub toilets and clean houses in order for my siblings and I to have the things that we need.
Something such as returning back to school was long gone and in my past goals. After a couple of years I never thought I would end up going back to school since everything that I wanted was going good and according to plan. However sometimes we are faced with tough situations where we must find other resources in order to improve and better ourselves. Going back to school was one of the most important and wise decisions that I have ever made. Finding well-qualified candidates for a job or career nowadays is a challenge, especially in the field that I am currently in; law enforcement.
My love of learning helped me to excel through elementary school and upon entering high school I realized that if I wanted to continue learning beyond high school I would need to be able to fund it because the higher education system is not as gracious as Head Start. At that point in time, I had one sibling in college and my parents were supporting two other children and a disabled grandparent, therefore there was no way they would be able to fund me furthering my education. The only possible solution to this was to apply the critical thinking skills and love of learning Head Start provided me with to get good grades so that I would be able to pay for my education through scholarships. Thankfully with hard work, dedication, and the skills Head Start provided me with I was able to graduate with a high enough GPA to qualify for some Georgia scholarships and an honors scholarship for my school that is funding the continuation of my education. I am now well into my second year at Agnes Scott College where I am pursuing a degree in Biochemistry so that I will be able to help ensure the well-being of others just as Head Start did for
As a first generation college student I believe that it is important to help our youth to become more successful individuals. As a college counselor I would be able to build healthy relationships with the students to ensure that that are becoming college ready and are being assisted in every way so that they can continue their education. As a high school student I did not have the resources to effectively help me get into college, but once I was accepted I wanted to make sure that I always helped out as many people as I could. I have helped plenty of high school students with not just finding any school that will accept them, but also finding a school that will fit them. In some cases I have even helped a couple students obtain scholarships
Education is my number one important value in my life at this moment. I realized without my education it will be harder for me to get by in life. For example just to get a bottom level entry job most place require a high school diploma and that is minimum while others require a associates degree. For me to reach my dream job of becoming a child advocate attorney I need to have a 4 year degree with junior doctorate degree on top of that. The reason my dream job is to be a child advocate attorney is because I was once in the foster care system with many good child advocate attorneys and many other not so good child advocate attorneys.
It was misconception, however, because attending this school would bring even more than those I had before. My parents could never be able to afford this school for me, but that didn 't stop me from desiring to live in a place where I knew, opportunities were around every corner and I was right. My University has been so generous since the day I stepped foot on campus and has provided me the support I need to be successful. My responsibilities are still in tact, I 'm working hard to stay in good academic standing, balancing work and organizations, and helping out at home the best I can from hours away. The doors that have opened since I decided to attend Texas A&M are those which I would have never came into contact with if I had failed to believe in myself as well as the Aggies who were immediate to congratulate me when I did.I stepped onto this campus with aspirations of being a Nurse one day, with dreams of nurturing those in need of my assistance whenever needed, in clinics and hospitals.
I was going to be the first to graduate from an University, that 's something my mom as a single mother wished she had accomplished. Being the first one in my family to graduate was a big pressure for me as well as a motivation. I had the pressure to make my family proud and to set a good example for my children to follow. Thinking about it, the pressure was not only that, but it was also learning to juggle my full time job, with family and school. That was definitely the challenging pressure I was putting on myself.
My parents, both immigrants, have drilled into my head since Kindergarten that school is they way to go, but why? They want me to live a better life than they did, which is why they came to America; because anything is possible in America. My father did not even finish high school. They do not want me to have blue collar jobs, such as they do, just to support myself. I recognize that with a good education, you can get far in life but it does not stop at that.
Leadership, is a characteristic that intimidated me in my highschool years, but here at PBA, I have been challenged to rise up to the occasion. Next semester, I will be a Resident Assistant in Baxter Residence Hall, simply applying for this position was a big step for me. The amazing community that God has provided me here at PBA is purely the only reason I had the courage to apply, yet alone accept this
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.