My name is Vanessa Barrios. I’m a student at UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). I’m in my final semester of school. I am studying Secondary Education so to be a teacher. Crazy? I know, but it’s my passion, and I want to change a student’s life one day. I am struggling in my last semester, which is the semester I’m a student teacher. Right now, I am practically a teacher, but not getting paid for it. It is a full-time job being a teacher, but I also have other assignments with my student teaching. It leaves me with no time to work; I can occasionally work on weekends if I am caught up with everything, but with grading and lesson planning, it seems impossible sometimes. I am struggling financially; I am lucky to live with my parents still, so it takes a load off when it comes to basic necessities like housing. But I am having trouble with things like gas money, food, insurance, and school supplies for my students (I get them snacks, too. I know I don’t have to, but I’m in a tier one school, and those kids are struggling.), my own supplies for school (I had to buy a computer this semester which took a big toll on savings I had.), books. Those are the major things I spend my money on. I am still human and still try to have a social life, but it is sad when you can’t go out because you can’t afford to. Anything you can donate will help. I refuse to take a student loan, I am debt free, and I would like to graduate with being able to say that. I choose a career that pays very little, and I am okay with that. As I said, teaching is my passion, and my goal is to be there for my future students. I just need help getting through the finish line. I should graduate in December, and I’d appreciate any help you can provide.