One day, I woke up and I was twenty-eight years old, and I had nothing to show for it. I was in an emotionally abusive relationship, I owned nothing, and I had just been downsized from a job that had relocated me hundreds of miles away from my family. This was the final straw and it broke me. I had to move back in with my father after being on my own for years. I began thinking that my life had just hit a huge reset button. I could either give up or try again.
At a point where my life was spinning out of control, my little sister pulled me out of darkness and showed me that I could be more than our parents imagined. Elizabeth was on the verge of graduating high school. The very same high school I had graduated from eight years prior. However, for her the high school experience was different from mine. Over the years, schools have become focused on helping students further their education. With the help o...
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...s young and did not know what was going on, but I did know it was wrong. Later in life, I learned of the horror stories of nursing homes, and even of changes in legislation that are stripping away the dignity and rights of these people. I know that this is my calling and this is why I want to further my education. I hope to contribute to a better world.
After visiting and researching Mount Holyoke, I know that I need to be there. I loved the staff, students, and atmosphere. I was impressed with the drive to support women furthering their education regardless of age, personal history, or socio-economic standing. After I graduate, I want to work with institutions for the elderly to improve conditions and regulations. I would love to position myself into a place where I could influence legislation. I know that attending Mount Holyoke would help me achieve these goals.
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