AUTHOR: Aeriel Holman

ACTIVITY: Scholarship Essay

Approx. Words: 435

DATE: January ?, 2010 (created)

NOTES: This little essay of doom was my mother's favorite. I had to write it for my dad's work, I think…? I can't recall. It was a scholarship-deal-thingamajig… So I whipped out this funny little essay on the spot. Took, like, an hour. It wasn't the reason I didn't get the scholarship—the reason was my dad made just enough money that they figured I didn't need it. Sad to say my mom didn't understand. I knew it going in. Oh well. Even though the essay is not my finest work, it still makes me smile.

Despite the Price of Life…

Each generation of the world has different issues they must face in the course of their lifetime. My grandparent's generations went through the harsh World War II and founded the idyllic American image. Their children—my parents—were brought up in the time of the flower power and had seen the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. The childhood I call my own is in the form of a policy named "No Child Left Behind."

Education has been the highest push in my generation. Teachers warned us that without some sort of college degree we could flip burgers for a living. This is an unacceptable and terribly horrific outcome to a child. With that being said, I made a promise early in my adolescent years to escape my scholarly life with at least a BA. As I continued to grow, the field of study that strongly called out to me was the arts. After months of serious reflection, my educational goal is to graduate a Cal State with a BA in the Liberal Arts.

To every goal, there are hurdles to over come. The goal of higher education is no exception to this rule. The largest challenge I have encountered in my attempts to earn a degree is simply the price. There are classes one needs, and the required textbooks, not to mention money for gas in order to arrive at campus. Plus the basic living expenses such as housing, food, insurance, etcetera.

However, seeing little to no other options, I decided to stay home for the first few years while attending college. Instead of diving headfirst into a University or Cal State, I opted to start my general education at the closest community college. Also, I carpool to school to save more money on the travel expenses and endeavor to buy as many used textbooks as possible. From time to time I even scrounge pocket change in order to pay for other materials like the mandatory Scranton sheets for the semester finals. I spend most of my time searching for scholarships, but have had very little luck.

The phrase, "Money doesn't grow on trees," could never be truer. Nevertheless, I fight an uphill battle with vigor, striving to be independent and money savvy for my family, as well as my own future. I have come to terms with the starving college student lifestyle; yet, I am not exempt from a bit of help. To graduate with a BA is my goal, and I am sticking to it. Its times like these that we all realize that despite the price of living, it's still a popular choice.