Hello My name is Darlene, I am 19 years old and live in Seattle Washington. Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to do something important. I wanted to be the childhood figures I’d seen in cartoons, like Pocahontas. I wanted to be as caring and understanding as Snow White. I wanted to change lives like Mulan. When you’re a kid, everything seems easy, the world is at your feet, and you have this mindset that when you get older you can do anything. Now that I am older, nothing is simple, the world seems out of reach, and I know life isn’t boundless but has many limits. There are times when I wish I could be a kid again, if only for a few minutes. I could go back to the time when my parents sheltered me from the harsh realities you face growing up. I can remember the point in my life where I wasn’t a kid anymore, when a lot of things changed, and I gained perspective on life.
Life isn’t as easy as I thought it would be, you go through struggles in life that you never thought you would have to deal with. Almost losing your home, and dealing with a parent’s addiction at such a young age can change your view on life. I value everything I have all because you tend to value the little things instead of the big. I am grateful for what I do have and never sweat the materialistic things you don’t have because that stuff doesn’t matter.
I think that’s why education is so important to me, although I may not have the best things in life I value something more important. The idea of self-improvement and betterment. My parents or siblings never had the opportunity to go to college and better themselves. I have the opportunity to attend an amazing college in Washington dc, but the only thing that is holding me back is probably the one thing everyone in the world wants, which is money. I am not asking for money I am asking for a chance to change my future, by helping me further my education.
All my life I have wanted that Cinderella happy ending, I have wanted to try on that glass slipper and have it fit perfectly. That’s what I am hoping for in attending college. I want a chance to help make the world a better place, the opportunity to make a difference, and the privilege of becoming something a smart and educated women. I have so many dreams about who I want and my future I just hope it comes true.