College Tuition! Possible with some help
My family and I moved to the United States in 2005, because of the better opportunity of health care for my sister who needed surgery for a severe scoliosis. We permanently relocated ourselves and consequently overstayed our visas. I just went along with the situation not understanding it very well; I was only 9 years old at the time. Not long after my sister's surgery my parents got divorced. During those years, we settled in New Jersey. It was rough time in our lives; my mother was raising us a single parent and worked three jobs in order to put food on our plates and to keep us sheltered. My mom got remarried to my stepfather in 2009. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Connecticut and my mother gave birth to twin boys. My family and I have been through a lot together. We have become stronger and much more unified through the struggles we have experienced. I owe so much to my mother and step-father, who have worked tirelessly in order to provide for us.
I'm reaching out to the community because I have realized that I can't just wait for a miracle to happen. I need to act now if I want my situation to change. The tuition for UConn is about $11,000 + (books and other fees). I was hoping I would be able to get enough through scholarships and working, but I only have $4800 right now and as an undocumented student I cannot receive any FAFSA based scholarships. I do not have citizenship or permanent residence for the United States, even though I have spent half my life here. My family's income is around $28,000 per year and there are seven of us. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), my sister and I have been given temporary working permits and social security numbers. This has helped me in raising funds, but a college education is nearly unattainable without federal aid.
I want to major in Sociology because the contrasting places I have spent my life in have really impacted my understanding of the world. Before settling in Connecticut, I had moved twelve times and gone to eight different schools. While we were still living in Peru, my family was middle class. We were able to continue living in middle class communities in the United States until my parents got divorced. Because of the divorce, my family and I had to move into a neighborhood that had a strong presence of gang violence. Currently, I live in the suburbs of Connecticut. I have lived in so many different kinds of communities; I have experienced the greater part of the social pyramid. Although my life has not been long lived as of yet, I have seen a lot. I'm hoping that through this major I will be able to help others and make this country a better place.
I'm planning on having a part-time job throughout the year to help pay this year's tuition and hopefully next year's as well. But I need the community's help to make this happen. All I'm asking for is any kind of donation so I can start my first semester without worrying about how I'm going to pay for tuition. I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this.
School is going great, and I've been working really hard this semester and thanks to all of you I'll be able to do the same next semester as well!
Well God bless all of you and have a fantastic day.