Coming from a smaller town where a lot of families do not have the money to send themselves or even their children to college was tough, I was always worried about what was going to happen after high school was over. Applying for financial aid and signing up for classes
Paying for college is one of the biggest challenges many college student face. In particular, first generation college students. Many first generation college students come from low income families. Myself, being a college student and a first generation as well can relate. According to an article written by Eric McWhinnie at cheatsheet.com, 85 percent of parents worry about their children being in debt after college. My first year of college landing me in over $15,000 of debt. This was only two semesters! Being a first generation college student, I did not have many people to ask or get information about college or scholarships. I thought that since I came from a poor family I was the only one experiencing financial difficulties. I was proven
UC Prompt #4 Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome and educational barrier you have faced. Everybody has educational barriers, and everyone has a specific way to overcome it.There’s always going to be barriers, but
Being a first generation college student has had its fair share of challenges. Both my mother and father, received their high school diplomas, but that was the extent of their educational careers. On top of that not a single grandparent on either my mother or my father’s side of the family even had the opportunity to attend high school. Though there are an endless array of resources readily available for all students, not having parents to help guide me through my collegiate academic process presented itself as daunting, as I was partially unsure of the road ahead. Being a first generation college student has been a burden, but it has also been, in a way, a blessing. I have had to face academic and financial obstacles other students have not,
Overcoming obstacles will always be something that a person will experience. So far on my journey I've had a bump in the road with financial aid. However, that will not discourage me or prevent me from obtaining my college degree, when there's a will there's a way.
My mom had finally reached college after many years of education. She was very excited to go to college and leave home. She soon found out that college was not going to be easy for her. When she was a freshman she had huge financial struggles. After getting student loans she paid for her books and tuition but could not pay for other things. She had to learn how to deal with humiliation after asking some friends if she could stay with them. Next, she had to take on many part-time jobs to get through college. Learning to multitask was another big part during this time. She had to make time for her studying, homework, and projects while still having to work after class. Lastly, after lots of determination, she made it through college. Even though she had to keep up with work and schoolwork, she finished with good grades and got her college degree. My mom now has a very successful job, and now that she can get through tough things with determination. Overall, my mom struggled but was able to pull herself together and finish
When parents first start realizing that their firstborn son is about to go to college, the feeling brings at least two concerns to their mind. First, they are saddened that their little boy is all grown up and about to head off into the world on his own. Second, the parents realize that they are about to get a huge hole in their bank account due to the fees that colleges require. The cost of college is so high that is forces the student to work at least one part-time job while attending college and causes families to worry constantly about the child in college.
That being said, as a college student today there is no bigger problem I face than debt. A problem which I am constantly reminded of every 3 months at the beginning of each term, and will be for years long after college. As a first-generation student coming from a low-income family a college education is highly spoken of, and always associated when brought up with a well paying job.
Pursuing an education in the United States is the challenge itself. As an international student I have been overcoming it each day. As a non-homogenous endless process, new unexpected things arise every day, requiring new strategies of dealing with them. My college experience has been a journey filled with trials and tribulations, which I have personally grown from in ways I never thought I could. Having a different status and way of thinking always put me on the spot and showed me how much harder I have to work.
However the cost of college makes it difficult for people to get a college education. “Shelly Comer, 43, of Des Palos, California, is a divorced mother of three who also takes care of her oldest child, Michelle. She is going into debt so that Michelle can go to college(Wallechinsky 26)”. Michelle, “is concerned about the financial burden her education is placing on her family: “In order to meet our expected family contribution, my mother had to the entire amount of her share (Wallechinsky 26)”. A college education is very difficult to pay for. These quotes tell the story of the financial burden that is placed on families to send someone to college. Once the person graduates they have to get a job that will pay them enough to start repaying the cost of college. Sometimes those jobs are hard to come by. “Today, despite having a college education, Randy works for $9 an hour finding community jobs for the mentally challenged adults (Wallechinsky 26)”. We have to make getting a college education more affordable. Many times parents go into financial debt trying to help their children. This only hurts their American Dream as many of them are moving into the retirement stage of their
Through many life obstacles I was not very fortunate or goal driven to attempt to go to college after high school. Grew up in a military family so my family was stricter about keeping their children
College is hard when some of us have kids, but it wouldn’t stop us from going to school. To get a college degree we must want it more than anything. We must push ourselves to the limit. Therefore, a career path that interest me is in Medical field but there’s so
There has not been a financial challenge I've faced in my life that amounts to the one that I face as a financially independent college student. In highschool they emphasize the idea of getting accepted into college, but never on how do you stay in college. All my life it has been considered ideal and fairly simple to go to high school, then to college, and from there you’ll be fine. I believed that it would be as simple as getting a plethora of scholarships and grant money. I believed loans,if any, would be easily obtainable and not a big deal. The cost of college is far greater than I could ever imagine. You see, the financial cost is one burden, but let us consider the by products of the financial burden of college. There is the physical cost, the mental cost, the social cost, etc.
A third challenge I will be facing is time management. One of my most important roles in life is being a mother and a wife. Even though my family is very supportive of my decision to go back to school, I recognize that I must set aside time to share with them. I have set up a weekly calendar helping me
College is extremely difficult. Because I am a mother, I know that I will face numerous challenges. One challenge that I face is being responsible for a family. I have a husband and together we have three children, ages eight, five and one. My husband works third shift, so much of the responsibility falls on me.