Sunday, June 9, 2013

Class of 2013

Congratulations! You're finally done with high school and it's something you won't forget for the rest of your life. It's a whole new step and your first actual graduation before going onto college. Now it's time for life to get even harder with even more responsibilities. Time for college, a schedule of classes that we decided and realizing how we're much closer to our careers of choice.
I was part of the Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet Graduating Class of 2012. And there are so many things I wish people would have told me before I got there.
Mainly, save/make money! I graduated with the plan of attending Cal State East Bay with my boyfriend. But being the first of my family to attend a university I had no idea how to apply for FAFSA with my parents tax returns. And with my parents making almost $60k I was considered the daughter of a high middle class economic family. So with this with my FAFSA paper work not being complete, I had to pay $2k in order to get a spot in the dorms. But sadly my parents weren't helpful and I didn't have even close to that amount of money saved. So sadly, my boyfriend being with only his single mother qualified to give a lower amount to maintain a dorm and that's how our long distance relationship began.
Many would say, "why didn't you get a apartment with your boyfriend?" And I would have loved to but I feel that it isn't the right way to start your education away from your family. I'm not a big family person but still, honestly we always hear about couples breaking up when going to college together, so I simply didn't want to take that risk.
So now I go to Los Angeles Trade Tech. which I've been attending since my freshman year of high school and it's a decent community college and well I just focus on my classes and work. Take 15-18 units that are only UC credit classes and work on my free days. It's very tiring but worth it because now I have my beautiful car that I'm paying on my own.
A Hyundai Sonata 2012
Work hard and don't always just think of yourself, think of your current and future family. In the end, it's always worth the effort.

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