Hello everyone, thank you for clicking on my story, I am a 22 year old Latina.
A little back story about me, I was born and raised in Texas up until I was 8 years old. In November of 2006 ICE arrived to our house and took my parents to jail to later sent them back to where they are from (Guatemala) due to them entering the country illegally many years ago. My parents were trying to get their papers fixed, however they unknowing went to a scammer who never did anything to help them. A month after my parents were deported my sisters and I joined my parents in Guatemala and I lived there for almost 10 years, since 3rd grade up until I graduated high school.
I graduated high school back in 2015, in Guatemala, and once I graduated I bought a plane ticket to come back to the US to have a better education. I knew that this was the best opportunity for me and that I was extremely lucky, however I had to leave my whole life in Guatemala, including my parents. I was attending a community college from Fall of 2016 up until Spring of 2018 where I failed my classes for the second semester due to suffering with depression and anxiety from leaving my life in Guatemala and also not knowing what I actually wanted to do with my life. Although it did take me a while to get out of the dark places my mind went during that time, I was able to discover what I want to do in life and that is Social Work.
I was saving up money these last couple of years to be able to pay for college, however due to COVID-19 I lost my job. I am currently only working a part time job that barely pays for my living expenses (I get paid $450 every two weeks). I spent most of my savings on paying bills and living expenses like food and gas, and although it was my fault for failing classes in the past I am not able to apply for financial aid. Therefore I need to pay my college tuition out of pocket.
For this semester alone I need around $18,000 to pay for tuition, I talked with an Advisor from the school and they told me that I could make payments however they would charge me an extra fee for every payment I made. I know it is a lot of money, however I really do appreciate any donation you could make, no matter how small it is. In the end anything will help to be able to fulfill my dream and make my parents and myself proud and no longer ashamed of my past.
My paypal: https://paypal.me/angee1910?locale.x=en_US
Thank you for reading,