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.
Jackie started a foundation called “The Jackie Robinson Foundation” to help members, “JRF is providing more than $1.4 million in scholarship support to 251 Jackie Robinson scholars”(Business Wire 2). Jackie wanted to give kids great educational opportunities so that they can go out and be successful. Jackie really wanted these kids to have the top of the line educations, “...Jackie Robinson scholars attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United states”(Business Wire 2). Jackie gave these kids such good opportunities because he believed that these kids could make a difference in the world when they would grow up. Lastly, Jackie’s foundation support was growing and donations were flowing in, “Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Virginia Wade, Yogi Berra, Al Roker and Sharon Robinson” (Business Wire 1), are among the celebrities who have donated to this foundation.
It all seemed great, but was I ready or would I ever be ready to see people in their worst days? It took me a whole year in college to realize that firefighting was something I did not want to pursue. Desperately looking for a new major, I started to consider teaching, but purely for selfish reasons. However, somewhere during my second year of college, there was a significant spark that led me to want to pursue teaching for a different reason. In high school, sports were everything, maintaining a good GPA was crucial.
Living their home country just so my siblings and I could get a better education and better life. As we all know, life in America is not that easy when you are newbies. As an 11 years old kid, I wouldn't know what to do or how to help my parents when they are going through a tough time. All I do was go to school, come home, and do some reading. Besides, school wasn't that easy for me because I didn't know English and I couldn't communicate with the people around me nor the teachers.
It is through this knowledge that I have learned to overcome discrimination and the uncertainty of living in the shadows. I experience rejection and discrimination throughout the formative years when my character was being built, but that allowed me to become the person I am today. No more than a year ago, I thought all my hard work was in vain. My visa was about to expire and immigration denied me a renewal of my student visa due to my family’s low income level. Without any legal documentation stating I could be in this country, I was afraid I would not be able to continue my education or obtain a job in my desired field.
For starters, I learned that people are going to try to put you down, but you just need to learn how to pick yourself back up and not listen to them. I realized about halfway through junior year that life is always moving at a very fast speed and I just needed to go with the flow because if I tried to go backwards and go against the crowd, it was not going to work that well. One of my biggest lessons during high school was that I also noticed that all friendships don 't last and that things are going to change. I lost my one of my best friends during the summer after junior year, and things were very different. The change was for the better, but I realized that people do change and they don’t act they way they used to.
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.
My mother tried to go to college at Ball State, but she barely finished a year before she decided it wasn’t for her. My father only did brief certification classes and/or tests; this was so he could get a better job or higher pay. Conventional college was not for him, in his words. I wasn’t sure if college was right for me because of my parents’ experiences. I was back to the “what do I want to be when I grow up?” thoughts, with no resolution in sight.
They would not be having any time to relax and that would cause some more stress than usual, because teenagers in this generation need more sleep and have some peaceful time. For example, a senior has all these AP exams and final exams coming up and prepared really well for them. She had finished all of them and now her parents surprised her with a trip to relax and enjoy some fun time. But the school won’t allow it because she has no experience in volunteer work and has to do it or else they will fail high school. That cause more stress on her and have all this work on her back, piling on her and causing her to be worn out.
College Debate Essay Do you know what you are going to do after you graduate from high school. If not you have 3 choices you can go to college go into the military or you can go straight into working. College is not meant for everyone so no one is forced to go to college there are other things to do other than college. You should not go to college straight out of high school unless you are for sure ready because most people don’t do good in high school so when they get to college they fail their first year. If you feel like college isn’t for you there is still 2 other options besides college.
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.
I also was interested to analyze how they promote their sponsors, because I will be doing the same thing when I start my internship this fall, at East Coweta High School. I had an amazing time at my first Georgia Southern game. The field and stadium looked absolutely beautiful. You could tell that the new