I grew up pretty poor. Food stamps, no extra curricular activities that cost money. I knew college was my way out of this lifestyle and I was determined to make as much of myself as possible. I studied hard, joined as many free clubs and activities as possible (looks better on scholarship applications) and filled out federal aid forms. Once in college, I worked at least 3 jobs at one time while taking 15-18 credit hours each semester.
Nothing was going to hold me back. I graduated in 5.5 years with two bachelor degrees. I rose above the challenge of not having money by searching for ways to earn more. I filled every free moment with a job or classes and never forgot to fill out financial aid forms.
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My entire life, I’ve wanted to be a writer. I read Little Women as a girl and have always admired Louise May Alcott. Just like me, she grew up poor. She knew the key to success was education. And just like me, she was a writer and followed that dream. With her example in the back of my mind, I drove myself to work hard and pursue my dream.
I learned from Louisa May Alcott a few things:
- Stay true to yourself: She told her story. Her life, her family. The best stories are the ones told from the heart. Don’t be someone else, be you!
- Don’t let your circumstances be forever: Louisa made a name for herself and changed the world. She didn’t let her position as a woman in the 19th century hold her back from writing.
- Education is critical: Through education, Louisa learned how to communicate, think critically, and stand up for what she believed in. Education changed me too. It helped me appreciate my world around me and taught me how to change my world.
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