I Clearly Remember My Last Moment As An Undergraduate Student.

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I clearly remember my last moment as an undergraduate student. I had just finished my last exam for the semester, and as I checked back over my test I reflected on my college experience. In just 7 semesters I had attended 4 different colleges, lived in 4 different cities, had 9 different jobs, took a semester off for a competitive internship, and still managed to graduate a semester early. But of course, it’s kind of a long story.
Throughout high school my family always supported me and encouraged me to do my best, but never pushed me to strive for a college education. I knew I wanted to go to college, but I was uncertain and scared of the process. As a junior I applied to Chicago Scholars whose mission it was to help minorities and …show more content…

Before the rug had been pulled on my U of I plans, I had applied to the competitive Disney College Program in Florida. I learned of my acceptance at the perfect time, and committed to spend the next semester in Florida. This was a great opportunity for me to network with some of the most ambitious college students from around the world while I learned a lot.
While my internship with Disney provided me with the opportunity to transition to whatever was next, it unfortunately did nothing to help my financial situation, and I found myself back at home. Living with my dad in Chicago I worked 60-70 hours a week and completed 22 credit hours at my local community college. During this time I pushed myself to not let circumstances hold me back and decided to be relentless in chasing my goals. Despite taking a semester off for Disney, I received my Associates degree on time. At a college fair, I learned about Loras College and prepared to continue my BA at Loras in Dubuque, IA.
I started at Loras in Fall of 2014 and eagerly threw myself into the academia and school involvement that I had been desperate for since U of I. After arriving in Iowa, I became involved with Dr. Julia Omarzu’s research team, worked part-time at a Jimmy Johns and the school Library, volunteered in Dubuque elementary schools, worked as a math tutor in a high school, did trail maintenance for a nature preserve, and crocheted and donated baby

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