Hello, first before starting anything, I would like to say a huge thank you to those who are willing to offer a helping hand! I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. -Jose H.
Hello, my name is Jose Hernandez. I currently am attending college at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am pursuing my bachelors degree in Computer science in the concentration of software engineering. Before I talk about myself, I would like to let you know on what is going on back at home.
I am not from San Antonio. I am here because I am pursuing a higher education and want to make use of myself in the world. The place from where I am from, is from a small city called Weslaco, Tx. It is 4 hours away from San Antonio, but its still enough to feel homesick. My family back at home consist of my 2 youngest sisters, who are 3 and 5. My little brother who is 10 years old right now and my brother before me, who has autism, is currently 14. I am right after my brother, at the age of 18, and my oldest brother is in the military right now as a mechanical engineer, at the age of 23.
My mother is currently staying at my grandmas house (her mom’s house) right now. My mom is a stay at home mom because she has to take care of the kids, clean, cook and provide for them. My dad is the only one in the family currently who has a job. He works around different parts of the U.S ranging from Virginia, Louisianna, and Odesa, Tx. He works as a construction worker helping for cementing projects at different companies. He makes $14 an hour and works non stop around the clock. As good as that may sound, it puts my dad at alot of stress. My dad wires money back home to my mom to help support them. My mom has enough financial problems as it is, and now she has to worry about me going to college. My dads amount of income is not enough to help me go through college alone, and to top it all off, it does not help that my mom is in serious amounts of debt. With her bad debt comes bad credit. It is hard for me to get necessities for college such as a laptop or a car. It is hard because everywhere we go, people decline us due to her credit score. My mom has tried to make an effort to help me. As much as I appreciate her help, it is not enough to help me get by. I don’t want to come off as ungrateful of her help but for her to be struggling back at home and for her to worry about my college, just makes me feel bad. I know how much my family has been struggling, which is why I came to college. I came to college to pursue my degree and to hopefully find a successful job in the computer science field and to finally help my mom and pay her back for all that she has done for me. I want to continue, but the way things are looking. I do not know how I can keep going. Going through the weeks, I am running out of clothes to wear. I find myself wearing the same clothes every week. I find myself lacking basic supplies to take notes in class. I am in desperate need of a computer! Im a computer science major, so not having a computer really hinders my learning abilities and participation of school work and assignments. I just need help. If you are still reading, I would truly appreciate anything that would help support me in my efforts to keep pursuing college. I am thankful for you and your efforts in supporting me. God Bless <3