Before anything else I want to just thank God for His great friendship and help throughout this process. I hope you consider giving your life to Jesus. It is the greatest decision you can make. Christ died for you. He is always ready to forgive.
I realized that not getting federal help taught me what money can't give like character, perseverance, and endurance to live the American Dream.
At the beginning of my senior year I was told I was not eligible to recieve federal aid and to be honest with you I was scared. I was afraid that maybe this time things would not work out for me. In the back of my mind I really hoped that somehow it would just come together.
But I soon realized that it was a false hope if I didn't do anything. Nothing just comes to you. The sooner you realize that the better off you will be although it is true that people have occasional luck but don't take your chances. Pretty soon your luck runs out.
My next step was simple. Do research, work hard and win as much money as I could. I don't use the word "work" lightly either. I stayed up almost every night of my senior year finding scholarships, applying for them and a lot of the times write essays.
Of course I didn't recieve any federal aid so I had an urgency. You will still have to work hard but how hard all depends on your situation.
I want to be honest about what feelings I had throughout the year so if you happen to feel these I hope you understand that it's just part of the process. Many nights I felt like I was just wasting my time. I had this fear that everything I was doing was useless because I felt I just wasn't good enough to recieve any help.
There was no guarantee I would get the money. After all why would anyone want to give me money? My days at school were spent thinking about how I was going to do it. My mom would tell me many nights that I needed to go to bed but I just knew that if I gave it my all something had to come up.
One of the things I learned was to appreciate the help my teachers and principal gave me. They were a great help to me and it made it easier for me. I didn't grow up with people trying to help me or even guide me. Most of my life it has been my determination that got me through. I never liked to sit back or make excuses for why I couldn't do something.
The good news is that after filling out about 45 applications my senior year, I started getting letters. My first letter was from Texas Trial Lawyers Association with an award of $1000. :) That definitely put a smile on my face. It made me feel like this...
As the weeks progressed I kept getting more money but I still kept searching locally for any other scholarships I could find. I actually came to find out that there was a lot of money in the community to help me pay for college. I applied just like before and with more confidence. By the time my first semester came around, I had enough money to pay for college.
Another thing that really helped me was my ACT score. I received a 1/3 tuition reduction scholarship for four years. I learned many ways to save money and make money. I just want to teach you the same thing. Thank you for reading my story and I hope you earn all the money you need. After all you will have to EARN it.YOU can do it too!
God deeply cares for you, so turn all your worries to Him. 1Peter5:7
Learn from me. I've been there and done that. I won't promise that you will have all the money you need but I will try my hardest for you. All you have to do is take my advice and give it your all.
And even if you don't get all the money you need. You will learn so much that you will have something more valuable. You will have character, perseverance, and endurance.
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