$2,050 of $2,000 goal
For me, college is my only way out. I saw college as my one opportunity to do better for myself and my family. I hate to admit it but we are poor. And not in the “can’t go on vacation” or “can’t go on shopping sprees” kind. My family is the kind of poor where meals are skipped, electric is out, bills aren’t paid, water gets shut off, cars are taken, houses are lost and my mom works 3 jobs to try and get it all back.
I worked so hard to get myself to college, I’ve had a job since I was 14 working 20 hours a week to help pay bills. I balanced academics, work and rowing (one of my passions). And I couldn’t believe it when I got accepted to my dream school Bucknell University. I just finished my first year there.
I thought that with a college degree I could break the pattern. I could get my family out of poverty. I saw a future for myself and my family.
But I was told I can’t return in the fall. I don’t have enough money and I can’t take out a loan without a credit worthy cosigner, which my mother is not. I’ve maxed out on federal loans and financial aid.
I’m not one to take handouts, I believe in earning things yourself, but I’m left with no options. I need some help.
Think if it were you who couldn’t return to your dream school. Or your son or daughter. Please consider donating, even a few dollars can help.
"I’ve maxed out on federal loans and financial aid." I think she's tried. Just saying. And sometimes when you have a dream and a passion, you have to do everything you can to reach that, even if they're huge sacrifices. You should never let reality get in the way of your dreams, because sometimes they're much closer to reality than you think. I mean, look at her goal: It's for $2, 000. Obviously, she's gotten close. She's not asking for a hand out, she's asking for help. Believe me, I know how it is. I'm trying to get to a 50k school, too. But I know it will be worth it. And she knows its worth it for her. It sucks trying to make it work when you have to do it by yourself, but I guess it's the difference between climbing Mt. Adams and Mt. Everest. Anybody can climb Adams, but it takes courage, willpower and determination to tackle Everest, and if you ask anyone, they'll tell you it's worth it. Okay, sorry. My rant's done. Best of luck on your expensive college journey, Annina, and wish me luck on mine.