Unlike many people who attended college after they graduated from high school I was not one of them. I chose to be a wife and a mother of two; later after my children were grown and my first marriage was over I realized I needed a change. I decided to attend a community college taking the traditional classroom courses. It was a major struggle for me because I was working full-time and part-time jobs while working on an Associates Degree. What should have taken me only two years to complete it took me four because I was not able to work in all the classes needed to graduated in a two year time period my work crazy hours and take care of my family would not allow it.
I figured AP classes would be too common for any advanced student, and IB was a new thing for San Jacinto High School, so why not give it a try. The IB diploma programme was a two year process, my junior and senior year. Towards the end of the first semester of my senior year, my family and I had to move due to my father’s job. I moved to Indio, CA about an hour from San Jacinto, CA. I knew about the move ever since the summer, so since then I got in contact with the IB coordinator from La Quinta High School.
Finally the extra work was reflecting in my grades. My parents were glad to see that my education had some meaning. That summer after school I just wanted to find a job and start making some money. Going to college for anther four year was something I thought I could not handle. I final got a job at UPS unloading trucks.
Raised by parents who taught me to never give up I have made it to my senior year of college. The road hasn't always been easy for me. My parents are both disabled and by the time I was in 7th grade my math homework was far beyond what they could help me with. They never quit encouraging me though and pushed me to become all I could be. Once I reached college and was away from home my parents could not afford to support me financially and their ability to encourage me was lower.
Pre-College I graduated from Atkins High School in 2007 and after that, I started working at a telemarketing company. I did not know what I wanted to do in life so I thought that I would be a waste of time for me to start college without any idea of what path I wanted to take. I quit my job and started working at Sonic full time but after working there for 2 years I decided that I need to make something of myself and decided to enroll in college. It was difficult because at that time, I had been out of high school for almost 3 years and I had forgotten most of what I have learned in high school. I never took the ACT in high school so I started taking practice test online and a few days later, I took the COMPASS and scored fairly well.
Both universities informed me that I would have to retake my first two years that I had completed at Chattanooga State. I would have to commit for another four to six years of college. I did not have the time to do this. I wanted to be finished with my bachelor?s degree within two years if possible. So, later, when they realize that their choices are limited, their futures sealed or semi-gelled, they decide that school is where they need to be (Smith, 2001).
After a few years of working I found out I got amazing chance to go to school free from the military from my dads benefits from being the marine corp. I knew this was a big thing that I couldn’t mess up so I decided that my high school life was over. My co-worker told me about Fullerton College said how amazing her time was they’re g... ... middle of paper ... ... In conclusion, college to me isn’t just another boring reasonability, where I have to work hard and study all the time to get my degree to help me get a job to pay off my debt of college loans. Now having spent 2 years as a college student I recognize that when going to college comes a lot of responsibility and self-determination.
I knew that my parents would never buy me one though, I had to raise the money to get one myself. I have been babysitting for quite a while, but it was not often enough to raise the money I needed. My senior year of high school, I realized that it was time - I needed to get my own car, I needed to stop relying on my parents so much. I was determined to make the money I needed to buy a car. I worked at Arby’s for a couple of months, and now I am working at a small restaurant called Olivera’s where I waitress.
Another day; I’ve come to show that I knew my numbers, not to mention to prove my residency in order to get in-state tuition. I have lost count how many times I have actually come to campus before classes even began. Every time I did so it was on my husband’s shiny bright new car, a car that I was not allowed to be inside if I was not on the passenger’s seat. So every time we would come to MDC I
After a few days of practice, I felt ready to tell to my mom, but I knew if I had told her she would’ve lost trust in me for using the car without her supervision. So, I had no chance to drive until my mom decided it was time to teach me, and I knew that wasn’t anytime soon. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to drive because I had never drove on an actual road I was used to just driving down the street from my house. I didn’t have much experience, but being a passenger for so long I had time to understand the rules of the road. I had to wait for my opportunity to prove to my mother I was worth driving.