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Changing Our Lives Essay Draft Version

In High School, college seemed to be the scariest thing that I could think of. Whenever I thought about it my stomach would immediately begin to spin in circles. Although I was ready to go off and be by myself and meet new people I was scared to death at the same time. I didn't know much about the " college experience " and what I did know (or thought I knew) scared me. I pictured hard classes that I wouldn't be able to keep up with, people that wouldn't like me, long hikes to get to my classes, and horrible food. I couldn't imagine leaving the security of my own room, my own stuff where I want it, my friends that I've spent practically my whole life with, my family who put up with all my little quirks, and my car!! What was I going to do without my precious car? Some of my friends that had already been to college and had come back to visit seemed so much older and more mature . I felt twelve years old in comparison. I thought that I would never be able to fit in. Everyone else that I talked to didn't however seem to have this problem. They all were thrilled at the thought of being on their own and not having to worry about their parents telling them what to do all the time. And sure , the thought was extremely exciting to me as well, but how would I survive without my family and friends and the things that had taken me eighteen years to get used to. I felt like going to college was pretty much taking everything that I knew and had grown accustomed to and throwing it up in the air. The

Coming from where I came from, I knew the only way to change my life for the better would be to obtain a college education. Looking around at my family the idea seemed so far-fetched being that I am the only female in the family to have a high school diploma and having attended college before. I want to prove to my daughters and my family that I can do it. I want to make my daughters and my family very proud of me by graduating from college. I want to be the first in my own family to have a college degree. Another reason I returned to college is for financial reasons. I need to secure and stable financial future. I am currently unemployed, but I am also on a temporary service called Elite Staffing schedule to work. The job is not what I thought it would be you have to go and see if you get placed on an assembly line if not then you must leave, the pay was also not what I thought it would be. My dream is to own my own business. I love baking and want to own my