I am a very outgoing, optimistic, goal achieving, determined guy. My dream of always going to college has recently come true, as I just started my first semester of college at Wilmington University in New Castle, Delaware about 45 mins south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but, I ran into a brick wall as I started attending school. I ran into a financial issue. So let me tell you how this all came along. As I started looking for ways to pay for college and looking for what college I wanted to attend as a Junior in high school two years ago like any other student in high school, I came across joining the Army National Guard. They advertised join here and we pay 100% tuition. So I thought that was awesome. I linked up with an recruiter and we talked. I was only 17 and needed my mother consent to join and she didn’t want to support me being in the Army so I waited a few months until I turned 18 and joined 4 days after my 18th birthday. So I’m thinking since I joined I should be all set for college as long as I stay in state which I am. With me joining the military I must go through IET (Initial Entry Training) which consist of BCT (Basic Comat Training) and AIT (Advanced Individual Training). Those two IET’s are usually back to back but since I enlisted under a special circumstance with me being still in high school my two training were split up with me attending BCT in the summer between my Junior and Senior year of high school and attending AIT after I graduate highschol. So fast forward to when I graduated high school. I already know that I am going to miss my first semester of college so I didn’t apply for any scholarships because no one would give me any money because I’m going away for 13 weeks and will be missing the first semester. So once I eventually got home from training I applied for the school I attend now Wilmington University and registered for classes and applied for FAFSA and I went to ask my unit commander about my tuition assistance that would cover me 100%. He tells me that I only get money reimbursed which then made me wonder, how will I pay for this whole $5,000 semester with no scholarships, no support from mom, a part time job lifeguarding, trying to pay my car insurance so I can commute to and from school and pay my phone bill so I can make WiFi for my computer to complete my assignment at home because my mother refuses to pay for WiFi or help me with school in any type of way. Any kind of donation to help me reach my $5,000 goal would mean the world to me. I’m just a young soldier wanting to earn a degree while progressing through the ranks of the Army National Guard. Anything and Everything would mean a lot to me.