My mother and father have always wanted the best for me, like all good parents do. One of the many things that they expect from me is to receive a college education, something that they never had the chance to do. My parents always advise me to not to make the same mistakes as they did, to go to college so I can get a good job and not have to struggle in my life. With no alternative, my father had to drop out of school to help his family financially after his parents had gotten a divorce, and then he had received his GED. His original plan was to go into the Air Force and help work on and repair the equipment that they need to use.
Needless to say, I am not the typical age of a college student. However, I had always told myself that I would someday re enroll, earn a degree, and graduate so that I could be a prime example for my four children as to what never giving up looks like. I believe this college would enable me to earn a degree without taking on a heavy financial burden. In addition, I appreciate the flexible structure of programs which would fit into my current lifestyle as a busy mom. And, I definitely love the maturer yet diverse environment the school has to offer.
It has taken many years for people in society to break out of the norms and expectations of how to grow up and live in the world. A huge factor in this “revolution”: attending college. Whether it is taking a gap year to discover the world and the waiting opportunities, or simply running with it all after high school to work, attending college isn’t considered a given anymore. Now not all cases are the same for every person, therefore they can only decide what is the best path for them after high school. Still, the benefits of a being a college graduate will never be diminished.
As a first generation college student, I have the desire to not only make my parents proud of my academic achievements, but to be the first person in my family to receive a college degree. At a very young age, I was always expected to receive A’s and B’s in my school assignments, as well as my final grades. However, I was never rewarded or congratulated whenever I did receive those grades because it was already expected of me to achieve them. Hence, a time in which I have experienced failure but also felt like I let my family down was when I received a D in my Critical Thinking course I was already retaking for the second time. The first time I took Critical Thinking was during the summer in which it was an 8-week long course.
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.
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.
" Education is not preparation for life;education is life itself." -John Dewey I have always felt integrated in my love for education. Discrimination never stole from what felt like an intellectual thirst I could not quench. Attending college had been a goal of mine since I was young, conceived from the curiosity of the world I could not touch with my hands. Unfortunately education in our society is no longer seen as freedom to explore culture and world knowledge, but as mandatory attendance in an institution where the individual is only perceived as successful when their degree is in practice.
How I Graduated High School Have you ever procrastinated for so long that it finally caught up to you? Well that was the story of my life in my senior year of high school. To me, high school wasn’t about learning and doing school work, it was more about hanging out with friends and living a life of leisure and free time. Needless to say, by the end of my sophomore year, everything changed and I learned things the hard way. Getting your responsibilities out of the way, and taken care of is always better done soon rather than later.
While we have enough money for me to attend college next year, I need to do my part and help contribute to my educational goals. And with my brother going into college in two years, my parents want to give him the opportunity to go to the college of his choice even if it includes going out of state as well. Coming to Colorado State University was the best decision I ever made for myself, and I really want to finish my degree here. I believe
Some say high school is the best four years of people’s lives. I hope this is a lie. High School wasn’t bad for me, actually it was quite good, but I have high hopes for college. In high school you are required to take a bunch of classes that not everybody is interested in and a lot of students have nothing to lose if they slack off in class. In college you have more freedom when choosing classes, so you can learn more about things that interest you.
Doing a presentation in high school with all the classmates I grew up with since preschool was scary enough. I think doing this presentation made me realize the reason why I’m in college. I learned through this experience that the only way to keep going in life is to get over what’s in the way of stopping you. In the beginning I felt like I was coming to college just because it was the right thing to do. For me this was a turning point in my life, I realized the true meaning for me coming to college.
Kyle Kling 14 October 2014 English 100-24 Professor Hall Academics to Six Flags Commitment and hard work can pay off for you in school in many ways. Those two things for me brought me to Six Flags Great America for a class field trip. In order for the students to go on the field trip they had to earn a 3.0 GPA or better. For me, this was really hard to accomplish because I was only an average student back then. As time went on in school, I realized if you put your mind to something you can accomplish it.
He wished someone would have helped him get into school. He expressed, “when I was in foster care my mom never asked or encouraged me to go to school. But, I’ve always asked her and she tells me not to focus on that right now you are only in 9th grade. As of today, I’m working for Kroger as a bagger and just wish that I had someone to fall back on for support because it’s hard out here in the real world”. Similarly, I had a 16 year old current foster youth to express the need for more support with education other than her foster mom.