Reflective Essay On Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

1000 Words 4 Pages
“Come with me to the welfare office or there won’t be any food for the month,” my mom vocalized to me. Since the day I was born, my family has been surviving on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as Food Stamps and at times, received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It was Fall Quarter of 2013 when I attended SCC. With no solid goal of what I wanted to do in life, I completed courses with average and bad grades. This was mainly caused by the lack of focus I had because of my attention to provide for my family. Marketing became a part of my life after working with my supervisor at Wal-Mart constructing a detailed strategy to advertise certain products.
My educational path was far from easy, there were situations that negatively and positively affected my academic
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During my visit back to Vietnam, I spent three weeks with my aunt and uncle. The difference was so monumental, that even with U.S. government assistance, we still lived in identical lifestyles. My cousins lived with my aunt and uncle in a two-story house. To paint a better picture, my three cousins each had a family with two kids and wife, over ten people living in one house struggling to get by. Poverty has a very strong presence in my family whether it is in America or Vietnam.
The presence of our culture and heritage remains strong in my family, but the fact that poverty has been active in many generations made me feel very uneasy. My uncle confessed that poverty has been in the family for generations and has affected the way we live. This brings the idea of the cycle of poverty in my family. Being a college student I am able to identify the issue and find the problems affecting my family for generations. I know based on observation that education, poor infrastructure and governance, and assistance are the main causes of poverty in any family including

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