As a first-generation student from an immigrant family, it has been exceptionally tough to afford college tuition and fees. I immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 9 and currently am a D.A.C.A. (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. This executive order issued by President Barack Obama grants me a Social Security number and an Employment Authorization card; however, I am not eligible for federal aid or loans. My legal status, along with my family’s financial situation, has forced my education to hinge on scholarships, full-time jobs, and generous deeds from friends.
Though I have been putting in all the effort I possibly can, managing a full-time job and part time job while being a full-time Physics major results in many time constraints. For this reason, my mind and body have taken a toll. During this summer, I currently have two part time jobs and a full time job (working at a café, in catering, and construction, respectively). Regardless of all of this, I am yet again in a position where my academic career is compromised, and thus I am reaching out in an attempt to make ends meet.
I never thought I would be in this position but I urgently need help. Anything you can give is appreciated. Thank you for everything.