I was taking my time with my decision and my parents were not happy that I was home instead of joining college. They then asked me to take A-Levels in law and business which I reluctantly agreed to in order to please them and get them off my back. Shortly after enrolling, I realized I found law really tough but I was determined to not waste my parents money so I persevered on. Fast-forward two years later, Im still trying to pass my Law papers. Finally I decided to tell my parents that I could not do this course anymore and they agreed. So for the next few months I was evaluating all my options on what to next. I decided to enroll myself in Help University Foundation in arts program because I felt it was a program that I could excel in could lead me to a degree in Accounting & Finance which is my goal. As an extra incentive for me achieve my goal, I paid for part of my fees when I enrolled in order to keep me motivated and
College debt is a universally known issue that remains one of society’s largest burdens today. Over the past ten years, high school students and graduates realized that they must seek a higher education in order to find a job that keeps food on the table. Attending a college or university is practically required in order to succeed in life today. Millions of people seek a higher education to pursue a degree, graduate, and acquire a quality job that supports their everyday needs. It often means a lot of money to pursue and earn a degree nowadays. What they don’t realize, is that paying their tuition and housing deposits is essentially signing a contract, costing them thousands of dollars in the near future and leading them down the dark path
When thinking about college the same fear is established in just about every student’s mind. How am I going to pay for college? With an increase in college tuition in the past ten years, that question has become more frequent. Whether it is a private or public institution, the price is still no pocket change and how to pay for it has become harder and harder to accomplish. In today’s society, the average person can not get as far as they’d hope without a college education. With that accomplishment of receiving a college education, comes the dreaded loans that some students have and pass on to their children.
College has a extensive impact on a person that some people simply don’t realize. When I first started college, I was a little close-minded and unsure about what it was I wanted to do with the rest of my life. When I was halfway through my freshman year, I decided to completely change my path in life. I left ECU, moved into an apartment, transferred to Pitt and declared my major intended sonography. Then suddenly I hated what I was doing, I had to take a step back and truly evaluate my life and what it was I was meant to do. I was completely lost. Then one day I received a text from a friend telling me to apply to a hospital located in Chesapeake, Virginia. I did, and I got the job. When I told my parents they were less than thrilled, they didn’t like the idea of me taking a year off from school to work, but I thought long and hard about what was best for me and decided it was something I was meant to do, it was the path I needed to follow. I worked for a year while living at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. I was completely independent, providing for myself 100 percent. While working this job, I realized that what I wanted to do and what I was called to do in life was become a nurse, which is something I would have never figured out had I not seriously weighed my options
Soon After, I started looking at college websites, looking for where I might want to go. The more I researched the more I realized my grades I had recieved from my slacking were going to hurt me. Most colleges required either good grades or a good standardized test score, some both. I hadn't taken my ACT yet but my grades were not so great. I started thinking maybe my future was at the local community college, but I wanted bigger and better things, I wanted a career in the medical feild. I thought to myself that maybe the ACT was a good way to improve my chances.
Upon the completion of my high school career I was faced with the sudden realization that I was growing up and on the verge of becoming independent. A few months prior, I had applied to Montana State and received my acceptance letter. The future was before me and my ambitions were truly limitless. That is, until the fact set in that I was going to have to pay for this education that I desired. I knew that with my busy schedule, I would be unable to make enough money while only working a few hours here and there. I was beginning to lose sight of hope. Then one day I talked to my counsellor about what I could do and he pointed me towards dozens of scholarships that I could apply for. The exigence or purpose
Entering college for me has had many challenges along the way. Just when I think I’m on the right track, something happens and I practically go into overdrive to overcome those challenges. I’ve had the typical financial hardships that every college student faces when applying for an overpriced education. I’ve had the experience of changing my mind on what I want to do for the rest of my life. I’ve also applied and entered two different colleges. All of this has happened within a year, and it’s hard to believe that the whole process of events started about a year ago.
Pursuing higher education and earning a degree is now a necessity to live a successful life and accomplish personal career affiliated goals. The rising price of college tuition, in private and public schools, is a major concern for many American students. Applying to schools is an overwhelming and stressful process, especially knowing that a good education comes with a large price tag. The thought of not being able to go to the school of ones dreams, purely because of the cost of tuition, is demotivating, even crippling for some. Many students apply to any and all scholarships that they can in an attempt to reduce their future debt, to no avail.
College is a privilege for young adults but is also a very expensive journey. In 2013, my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. My father had passed away in 2005, so I have lived in a single parent home who played the role of both parents. My mother's multiple sclerosis was deterring her health and was sent to numerous neurologists and hospital visits that become negatively financially impacting. Soon after she began treatment, the hospital she worked for closed the rehabilitation unit where she was employed as a nurse. My mother tried to keep our family financially afloat but couldn't handle the stress of her new jobs, and was eventually unemployed. At this time, I was only 15 so I decided that I would work odd jobs until I was 16
Being a first generation student, my parents always emphasized the importance of school and the many opportunities I have, that they never had growing up. I remember looking at some universities’ tuitions my sophomore year and wondered, “how can anyone afford to pay this much?” Although at first just the thought of college scared me, I knew I couldn’t accomplish anything, much less pay for college, being scared. Listening to my parents’ advice, I decided to embrace the opportunities I was given, including this scholarship. Even though, applying does not guarantee me this scholarship or any for that matter, it is a risk I am willing to take and an opportunity I am not willing to
During the entirety of my educational career, starting in elementary school, it was continually said to me that going to college increases your earning potential. With this in mind, I was certainly going to attend college, but I never seriously thought about it as a way to increase my knowledge and skill in a field I was interested in. Unfortunately, my family wasn’t exactly supportive. I’m the first person in my family to attend college and have been required to be financially self-supporting due to my family’s financial background. I relocated to South Dakota from Florida to begin my new adventure. My only emotional support came from my grandmother who passed away just three weeks before I began my first semester. This took a toll on me that required quite a bit of time to recover from. My grades suffered greatly as I struggled to overcome the loss of my closest family member while facing new challenges college and South Dakota presented. Despite this I continued on the path I had chosen and kept pursuing my education.
Most Americans simply cannot pay for college without financial assistance. Loans are easily accessible and seem promising, which is why a majority of college students are diving into debt without considering the future consequences that come with student loans (Leonhardt n.p). My financial goal throughout college is to pay for college tuition and other expenses without accumulating any debt. This means I am primarily going to fund my college education through scholarships, grants, and various forms of employment to cover any leftover expenses. Though the cost of college has drastically changed since the 1960s’, my grandfather is a major inspiration behind my goals to work my way through college and receive a debt-free degree. Through my economics class, I have learned the importance of staying debt-free in order to obtain financial success. Without student loans, I will have the freedom to take internship offers and make other career moves that I would not be able to do if I had a loan payment to make every month, along with my other living
Children of the twenty first century spend nearly 13 years in school, preparing for what is college, one of the only ways to achieve the so-called “American Dream”. College is the best way to start an advanced career and go further than one possibly could if college degrees were not available, allowing people to achieve their view of the American Dream; whether it be large houses, shiny cars, multiple kids, or financial comfort, college is the stepping stone to achieve the American Dream. But all great things come with a price, college dragging along debt. Students who attend college struggle to find ways to pay for it, leading to applying for student loans. These loans a great short term, paying for the schooling at the moment but eventually the money adds up
The feeling of being understood by another person at a time in life where everything seems to be falling apart or going wrong, can go a long way towards making sure they overcome it and can get back on their feet. Many people never create a connection with a teacher or someone who is much older than them, but I was lucky enough to do so with my study hall monitor Mr. Cyrprinski. Early on in high school, I had a ton of different worries about my future, and it constantly ate away at me. I was frustrated on a regular basis while trying to figure out how to create a career path, balance a social life, and still succeed in school. From the start of the school year, there never seemed to be a dull moment until that final bell rang in June. School was a personal hell for me. It stayed that way for a long time, until Mr. Cyrprinski began breaking down not only certain perspective flaws I had, but while also relating to me. Mr. Cyrprinski understood the importance of not only explaining the different facets of life to people who were still young, but carried a respectful tone that made you feel as if he truly cared about what someone may have been speaking about.
Throughout many people’s lives, the contemplation of dropping out of college and leaving all of the obstacles it brings behind crosses minds daily. People share the common goal of graduating college and reaping the benefits of their careers but also share 3 common detours. One of those is most certainly student loan debt, even before it was glorified on the social media and turned into jokes on graduation caps; debt from student loans has been one thing many don’t look forward to and are still paying off. The second factor is the struggle that college itself offers, early classes, late nights studying and everything in between. The third factor is living costs, to live in the dorms or to live with friends or to live