In middle school I really had no plans to go to college. I worked hard and had good grades, but considered working after high school, said Lara. “I was not informed and I believed that this was the norm because my parents worked their whole lives.
When I was growing up, I didn’t have someone to talk to about the college experience or choosing a school. It made the idea of college a little bit scary. Thankfully, the Fulfillment Fund, and my mentor Shad, were there to help me though the process. Read more about Mikey S.
Two years ago, I moved from Egypt to the United States. My family left everything behind—our family, friends, our house, my parents’ jobs—and it was all so my brother and I could get a better education. I didn’t know how to speak or write English. Read more about Meret F.
No one in my family has ever left for college: If you leave your parents’ house, it’s because you get married or you start working. My parents have always been there for me, but they come from rural areas and their main priority is survival. My mom didn’t even go to middle school. Read more from Jenny M.
"We can't buy it" were the words that hung on to me throughout my life. A family of five, living in Los Angeles, with only my father working, we knew our situation was critical. I grew up hearing the cry of my siblings when there was no food and the screaming of frustration from my parents because they left bills unpaid. Read more from Milton S.
I was named after Joseph, the son of Jacob, who went through many obstacles and ended up saving his family from a famine. Like Joseph, I feel that I have a responsibility of carrying my family out of poverty. Read more from Yoseph A.