I am a full time college student currently going to a university in Northern California area and living in California is really expensive. I am really fortunate to be the first one in my family to attend college, a first-generation college student. This is my second year in college, going through the stress of having to pay so much money for college and my living accommodations is stressful, its getting to my family and specially to me. My parents both come from Mexico and basically started over here, built their life from scratch. both of my parents are hard workers, from working as much as they can to give my brother and I a better future. Sadly, my mom lost her job recently, and now my dad is the only one working to support our family. With the loss of my moms job, everything has gotten harder for my family. My dad has to pay for everything now. my mom has been looking for jobs, but so far no luck. I know that things right now aren’t going great for my family, my dad is struggling to pay for everything back home and now pay for my school bills and also my room in the apartment I live in. I feel really bad having my dad pay for all of my things, on top of my dad paying for everything back home. As much as I tried working, finding a job to accommodate with all of my classes, I find my grades and studying time suffering badly. Although I try my best to help my parents, I babysit in the weekends, give tutoring lessons and find other things to do. But, apart from the things I do, its still not enough to pay for the bills. I feel the financial pressures pushing down on my family and I, its getting to me and as much as I don’t want it to affect me, it is. My parents also refuse to show me how much they are being affected by this situation. they refuse to show me what they are going through, even though I know the pain they must be going through. every time I talk to my parents, I can see the stress in their face, how tired they are, how much sleep they need, it breaks me to see them like that. Specially if its for me, it hurts me. even though they tell me its for our future, for us to live a better life, I just wish they weren’t struggling this much because of me and how I want to stay in college. Going to college as a first generation in my family, my cousins and brother look up to me. Starting my second year in college, I feel proud for what I have accomplished. I want to continue, finish what I started in school. but my family going through the burden and stress of having to pay so many bills. All I can think of is having to work and help my family going through this tough situation. As much as I try to do my part and help my family. there is only so much I can do and so much money I can get. that it is stressful having to ask my parents to pay for my rent every month and for the groceries to get me through college. Hopefully I can get a little money here to help me, to be able to lift some weight of off my families shoulders. my family, my parents that deserve the world and everything! For how much effort they put into making mine and my brothers dreams come true. Anything helps, I am really grateful for everything. what ever anyone decides to give me would be used for good, to help my family and I. Thank you.