I come from a lower income family, and my parents always encouraged and instilled in me the importance of education since they didn’t have the opportunity to finish high school. Years later, I understood why my parents said so, and I started to see the importance of education every night at my house when my mom didn’t eat anything just to have enough food for my brothers and I. As I saw my father come home every night with swollen feet after two jobs, it motivated me to further my education. I know, that somehow, I had to make my parents proud and have a bright future.
As I fill out my college applications, I officially become the "first generation" of my family to attend college, but in the first semester I arrived on campus feeling like an outsider. My cultural and socio-economic background were vastly different but fortunately some of my professors's made an impact on me and I didn’t give up. I proudly reached certain goals that defined the student I want to be, like having a 3.6 GPA, being a Phi Theta Kappa member and meeting others business students.
I am a mother of four kids trying to balance the college life with my job, and my family. I regain control every day to balance all of that and seems I am doing it alright. How I can do it? here is the trick; as I watch my children run to say hi, or I received a kiss from my oldest son, or as I heard I love you mom from my daughter, any frustration or tiredness I might have felt before entering to my house, evaporates.
For me, college has not only taught me algebra, accounting and lots of other subjects, but it also change my outlook on life in ways I now realize how important they are. Right now, I don't just have sights on college graduation; I want to aim higher and earn a master's degree, however, without any financial assistance I can not do so.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for (hopefully) donating. And most of all, Thank you for helping my dreams become a reality!