I know this is a long shot, so I’ll attempt to be as honest as I can. I’ve released been released on probation after spending two nights in jail for a Felony embezzlement charge due to my own panicked and reckless thinking – that, I needed the money from the place I was working at the cover the bills. It was stupid and shortsighted, and it ended up costing my family more than I ever got from it.
My one ray of hope is college – if I can complete that magical task, I stand a chance of getting a good job and lifting myself and my parents of this rut that I just deepened. I’m on the HYTA, so my record will be cleared if good behavior persists.
Wanting a decent education that’s close to home, I’ve been attending Oakland University and so far until my road bump things have been going smoothly. However, my paranoia has sprung once again at ‘the talk’ – whispers and words exchanged that I will not be able to make it through school alone.
I’d like to promise that I’m getting scholarships, and by god I’ll try, but I won’t lie. I’m a solid C-B student, so the chances of receiving aid from the school or benefactors high enough to push me through the next three years of near $12,000 tuition is expensive.
The option to drop to a cheaper college is one I could potentially take – but one that would best be avoided. Instability in my life is the last thing I, and my parents, need to go through – and with the suffocating threat of probabtion looming over me I’m deathly afraid to do anything that they’d consider ‘extreme’ and have me locked up again.
I’m not asking for $36,000, or even $1,000. Any dime and penny helps, and between mandated community service, light summer classes at a community college to catch back up, and a potential job to help pay – I’d be glad for any help.
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