Do you ever notice that… all the opportunities to better your life are made immensely more difficult if you don’t have money?
Are you from a poor family?
Go to college.
But college is expensive.
Take out loans.
But we expect you to have a certain income to get a loan.
Oh! And if you’re an independent with no cosigner… HAVE FUN!
I’m not trying to write down some sob story.
I could go on about how my family doesn’t make much and how my mother is dead and how I have Asperger’s, ADHD, and Depression.
I could make that my pitch that pulls you into giving me any glimpse of monetary help.
Yes, I need money.
But so does everyone else on this site.
So what makes me different.
I’m a junior college student that’s too stubborn to give up the dream of bettering her life.
It feels like you’ve tried everything.
You looked at all the scholarships.
You applied to all the loans.
You got rejected by all the loans because you’re a 20-year old woman who hasn’t held a singular job in her life.
Not that you didn’t want to.
You looked for jobs ever since you were 16. If you were lucky, jobs had the decency to reject you via email.
You just wanted to earn enough money so that your aunt, who has been raising you since the age of 1o, wouldn’t have to worry about paying for college while she only makes minimum wage.
At a mad dash to figure out what in the hell you’re going to do, you Google everything from “how to pay for college as an independent,” to “desperate ways to make $5000 fast”.
As you scroll and scroll, constantly losing hope, your mind drifts back to all the things you want to do in life.
You want to travel.
You want to make YouTube videos.
You want to try all the foods you possibly can.
You want to live your life without the worries of “Can I afford this?” hanging over you.
At least for a little bit.
Just a while.
So you can have a taste of what it’s like.
Then the numbers pop up.
You return to reality and start scrolling again, hoping that there’s an option out there somewhere.
You want the freedom to dream.
That’s what this is about.
There’s no dream if your school kicks you out because you couldn’t pay $4,000.
There’s no diploma.
All your attempts of getting a higher education so that you can get the job that lets you attempt to follow your dreams…
Even if one person helps, even in the tiniest, it will make my day.
To know that someone out there is willing to help nudge me closer to the freedom to dream.
Thank you for making it all the way to the bottom.