Essay on My First Generation College Student

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I am a Tongan descendant born in American Samoa speaking both Tongan and Samoan. I come from a low-income family and I am a first generation college student. Having the opportunity to continue my education is vital for me to be an example and a role model for my family to follow. I am the second of six siblings and the first to seek a higher education. My family is my number one motivator and even though they cannot afford to pay for my education, their love and support is enough to push me to be successful in life. I was a sophomore in high school when my family moved to Alaska in 2009. Shortly after I graduated from high school I was admitted into the undergraduate Accounting program at the University of Alaska Anchorage in fall 2011. Since then, I have been tremendously blessed with such a wonderful college experience. I am currently a junior and a full time student. One of my goals is to stay determined and motivated to excel in all of my classes to graduate in spring 2017 with a Bachelor degree in Accounting.
Since the first semester I started college, I was able to attend for two years until my pursuit of higher education was interrupted. Spring 2013 was my last semester before I paused my education to serve on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah Salt Lake City. I worked in various areas of the state with Hispanic populations for 18 months. I was able to learn and develop many great things during the mission. I learned Spanish and…

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