The struggles I faced just to go to college

My entire life I have always known that I wanted to go to college. But for some weird reason I was always afraid of attending or applying for college. I believed because of my disability and unable  to learn, I thought that I would be unable to learn in college and be  unsuccessful as a student. I was afraid to attend college because I was afraid of making myself look like a fool in front of other students. I dropped out of high school and that same year I got a GED. When I later got the courage and the willpower to atend college and better myself, I asked my family and my parents to help me financially to go to college; a community college at the time. Both of my parents told me “no” because they didn’t believe that I would be capable of graduating and they told me that paying for my college will be as throwing money away. I got a job and saved as much money as I could, it was barely enough to pay for one semester but I was officially in college. Unfortunately because of my disability I was still not college ready so I had to take remedial classes. While I was taking three remedial classes I was working full time so that I would be able to pay the next semester as soon as this semester was over. I was able to pay for a full year of college and after that I wasn’t able to keep up. I had to stop attending college for about 2 or 3 years because I didn’t have the money and I didn’t qualify for financial aid and in order for me to get student loans one of my parents had to cosign, which none of them did. I had to wait till I turned the age of 25 so that I could be considered independent from my family’s wealth. As soon as I turn 25 I applied for financial aid and got approved for financial assistance. It really sucks that I had to wait till the age of 25 so that I can attend college but I am truly grateful that I was able to get financial aid and continue on the path towards achieving my dream goal.  There are always going to be bumps in the road and some of them might keep you from attending college just like some of my bumps did but you just have to keep moving on and eventually you’ll accomplish your ultimate dream. never give up!

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