As the oldest child of five kids I never knew my responsibilities as a first child would be so heavy. Ever since I was 7 years old, I’ve always wanted to be a Doctor even though at Arundel Girls high school, in Zimbabwe my academic teachers never thought I was capable of it. This one time, Miss Grinley, head of academics had stated in front of a class of 200 girls that I was never going to make it in the science world. I ran out crying and almost believing that I was a failure in life including going through an emotional breakdown over my parent’s separation after the countless fights I had to witness and hide my youngsters from. I always had my diary to express my feelings and escape from the negative bubble I was in. I could’ve listened to Grinley and continued hating myself and dwell on my family’s problems but, I chose to keep working hard which resulted in A’s and B’s for my Cambridge exams until I graduated and getting accepted into Pennsylvania State University. However, I was not lucky in getting a scholarship or grants in aiding in my educational finances, my dad might not be living with us but I appreciate the initiative he took in taking care of us financially which hasn’t been an easy road until now. During my sophomore year I almost broke down because of the grave economic collapse in Zimbabwe which made it difficult for my dad to pay my international student tuition of $10000 for Penn State commonwealth campuses. Fortunately, Penn State offered me an emergency fund of $4000 leaving only the remainder for my dad to cover; which was a onetime application. I was still grateful for it. I was working on campus as a student worker in academic affairs but, it was only enough to cover transport and living expenses since I am only restricted to working 20 hours a week; for international students. Tried getting in contact with my Angolan embassy for financial assistance but had no response at all, even when I returned home, there was no one that could help since we are all facing our own level of financial issues. Now I am in my junior year, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, transferring to University Park expenses will rise up to $50000 in annual fee. The worst part is I am applying for scholarships so I can pay off my medical insurance of $1500 so I can schedule Fall classes when the semester will start on the 22nd of August. My dad is a tough guy, I know he is finding multiple ways to not only support me but my whole family. I honestly don’t want to burden my dad with such huge expenses and prefer to either work online jobs; sell my wardrobe; keep begging; keep applying until something good comes up. I want to complete college on a positive note with very little financial stresses. The reason is despite being told by an academic teacher that I was a failure and I’ve come this far, I don’t want the world to tell me the same because I still believe that I can be a Doctor.