The Importance Of Working In Education

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Growing up, I experienced a lot moving and had my parents miss out with being involved in my education. As a child of migrant workers, I moved from place to place so my parents could obtain work up until I turned six when I started school. The pay was not much but it was enough to support my brother and me. I often felt left out when I would hear my classmates speak of how their parents helped them with their homework. My parents did not speak English so they could not help me in no manner. My mom was the one who encouraged me I did not need help because I was smart enough. Right when I started kindergarten, my brother and I were always home before our parents. My parents would come home exhausted and worn out. They worked for 10 hours a day, …show more content…
The fact it is a small town with a wide cultural diversity makes it great and easy to fit in. Most of the population consists of Hispanics who hold agricultural jobs. Many of the Hispanic students in my high school are usually the part first generation of their family to graduate. It is considered a notable achievement for a Hispanic student to graduate from high school when they are the first generation to achieve this. I have come to know what true hard labor is by working in the fields with my parents. I have experienced working in harsh hot blistering weather and from that I can say it makes working in the fields even more difficult. After the day’s work my mom would always tell me this is the kind of life that will await me if I do not become educated. Her words created a strong influence on me. I thought about the consequences of working in a menial low paying job just to get by in life. From then on, I vowed to achieve a higher education and hope to one day provide for my parents as they supported me throughout my journey of graduating from Heritage University. I am not ashamed of having to work in the fields and I consider it a part of my family’s humble …show more content…
My parents had set a limit of $5,000 to aid me for college. I knew if I had to pay more than that amount out of pocket I would not be able to go to college as my family was having major financial issues such as being behind in rent payments during my senior year of high school. When I received my award letter from Heritage, I was relieved to know I would be covered my first academic year without taking out loans. The thought of taking out loans merely worries me. I understand the circumstances with taking out a loan but I do not want to be in debt when I graduate from Heritage University. My family has already experienced situations with debt and it brought on many burdens. During the time my family was in debt, I truly understood to value the little things we have in life. Receiving this scholarship will provide me with contentment and security to pay for transportation and book expenses. The scholarship will allow me maintain a high GPA and remain a full time student since I will not have to take a part time job to pay for expenses. My parents’ background and struggles continue to motivate me to create a better life for myself. I want to use my education to serve as an example for the migrant community that it is possible to achieve a higher education. I trust the scholarship committee will provide me with the support I need to continue my education here at Heritage

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