To whom it may concern,
I come from a humbled family. Both of my parents are immigrants. They escaped violence in Guatemala during the early 80’s to seek a better life. My parents are now legal citizens in the United States who have sacrificed so much for me to be in a position to better my life and ultimately have a life they never had. Graduating college is a great accomplishment that many strive for. Young students all over the world dream to one day be able to enter a great institution that will set them up for life. For many, college is simply not attainable due to insufficient funds or the lack of necessary resources needed to apply and enroll. Being in a position to be able to attend a university is something I will always be grateful for. Being accepted to university, especially the one I have dreamt of enrolling to, is one of the greatest feelings I could have ever felt. Well, those feelings quickly disappeared upon knowing the major debt I was getting myself into. I was aware of the investment that I bestowed upon myself so dropping out was never really an option. There were many times where I wasn’t sure if continuing my education was worth all of the debt I was getting myself into. There were also times where my family wasn’t qualified to take out student loans, but somehow my parents found a way to come up with the money, even if it meant selling valuable items or taking up extra shifts so I could apply for my classes. My motivation to finish college came from all of the support my family has given me in pursuing my goals and dreams. In the Spring of 2019, my hard work and dedication paid off. Those ecstatic feelings I once had when I first got accepted, all came back when I received my diploma. All the sacrifices my parents had made were not taken for granted. I graduated with a degree in Communications through media. Unfortunately for me, I do not receive financial help from my parents anymore due to the loans they had to co-sign for me, putting them in a place where they are not financially stable enough to help me. I write to you, whomever you may be, in search of financial assistance. This financial assistance will not only help pay for student loans but will also help me to eat and survive for the time being. I am currently applying for jobs and have had two promising interviews thus far. I no longer live with my parents for they are to far away from my university and the travel for them is exhausting being that they are nearing their retirement age but will not be seeing retirement anytime soon. This donation will be taken with sincere gratitude in that it will serve to help me in a time of need. If you feel compelled enough to even donate as much as $1 that donation will be taken with great appreciation. Anything helps and these donations will also serve for me to pay it forward to the communities that surround me and that I was raised in. My goal is to get a job in an underprivileged community as a mentor or communication specialist that can reach out to the marginalized youth and guide them through their journey as they also seek assistance and help. God bless and may your journey bring you peace and love.
A broke first generation college grad