When I was 8 years old, my mother took me to work on take your daughter to work day. She worked as a pharmacy technician at our neighborhood chain pharmacy. From that day forward my dream was to be come a pharmacist. I loved every aspect of the job— from serving the patients to having an abundance of knowledge. At the age of 24, I made that dream come true. My mother, however, did not see this dream home to fruition as she passed away during my first professional year. Finishing school was a struggle, but with the support of family, friends, and professors, I was able to accomplish my dream. My path did not clear up after the loss of my mother. More trials and tribulations were had- from the unexpected loss of beloved pets to almost losing my brother to a drug over dose. My brothers addiction plagued our family for years following my mothers death. He is now over 3 years sober and continues to work toward a better life. I support my brother financially right now which makes the burden of student loan payments that much more daunting. My brother, who has 2 young children (ages 3 years and 18 months) also works full time, but struggles to make ends meet. He is not eligible for state assistance, unfortunately . My goal is get my total student loan debt to around $100,000. This would allow me to have more funds available to our family. Most people think that I am well off because I am a pharmacist, but the student loan debt coupled with supporting my brother and his family financially leaves us with very little to actually have a life. Most people tell me to give up on my brother, but that is something I could never and would never do. At this time, I work 3 jobs (1-full and 2- per Diem). I work nearly 80
hours each week, but bring home just enough to cover bills after taxes. In addition, last year I had to pay an addition $6000 to the IRS because I made too much money. Due to my income, I am not able to deduct interest. It truly feels like salt in the wound. I wish I could say that my dream job was enough to support us financially, but it sadly is not. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I appreciate your consideration.