Being A First Generation Student

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Being a first generation student and being completely clueless about my future beyond high school was a conflict that I spend most of my teenage years overcoming. Throughout my whole entire life I grew up always being told the same words of “you can be whatever you want”. As a mostly serious young girl, I had already developed the sense to always rely toward being more of a realist than a dreamer. I didn’t understand what people meant when they said I can achieve anything I wanted because I knew the reality of society was against this becoming real. With parents that came to this country seeking for new opportunities and having no background information about college or how to be a success, they really could not help me with all of my ever …show more content…
The main struggle of being the first in your family to pursue the American career path and go to college was never having an admirable figure with the same problem to get advice from the things I should be doing such as saving money and being delivered the college introduction phase. I wanted that professional domain figure or mentoring that other people my age were receiving or that additional support that led them to the path of achieving their goals. Due to not being financially stable, money had always being a main concern of mine, however, I did not let this lack cause a burden to my attainable image of prosperity. Throughout my middle school years I felt fraud upon and had several doubts because I was so unknowledgeable about opportunities and help and there came a point in my life where I needed to be informed to help me achieve what I wanted. Starting high school is when I mostly heard the college talk and the endless tips of starting to save money, how difficult and expensive college was going to be. In the inside, I was worried, concerned, scared that not having educated parents or a lot of money would mean that I too would have my life leading to a physically demanding or uninteresting job and not be able to provide for my future …show more content…
My councilor had provided me with that personal guidance to a path that I was interested in and I was finally given the insight of a college student’s life. I soon realized that I was not the only person struggling to find the correct path for my life and conflicting with being so uninformed about what the future was awaiting for me.The guilt, self-doubt, and out of place feeling eventually vanished because I knew that the opportunity to education was an honor than not everyone is entitled to, and I knew that my purposes for seeking resources to better help myself are going to benefit me over the course of my college education and future. I am appreciative to have hardworking parents who dedicate their lives to their children, because even though it meant that I had to experience a tougher struggle I believe it helped me realize that I was not bound to be unsuccessful but instead gain certain qualities such as problem solving skills and a sense of independence. I found myself being thankful for attaining a realistic attitude at such a young age because it motivated me to find resources, seek opportunities to aid me financially and to genuinely prepare myself for my future years of

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