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Madison from Iowa

Age: 17

How will going to college help you achieve your dreams and goals?
I plan to become a research Psychologist, conducting experimental and correlation studies about people from all around the world and how they interact. Going to college will provide me many opportunities to get involved in internships and ways I can study abroad. However, the biggest goal of mine is to impact people. I want to discover new ideas that will help others and create a better understanding of things we may not know much about. By using everything I will learn in college, I know that these goals are not as far away as I thought.

Explain who/what in your life has inspired you to go to college.
My mom. At 18, my mother was practically kicked out of her house once she graduated. She came from an impoverished family, who could barely even afford the basic necessities to live and the highest education between her parents was a high school GED. After this happened, she roomed with a friend and worked three different part time jobs every single day, while attending community college. After meeting my dad, they got married and he joined the Navy to help pay for his college expenses. At the same time, my mom was constantly switching jobs in order to accommodate that lifestyle. They finally ended up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where they lived in a small one bedroom apartment for three years. During this time, my mother worked full time at a nearby university, while earning her bachelor's degree, and having kids. She overcame the poverty that her family was in, and strived for something more. I admire her work ethic and all that she did to help support my family. She is the one who has inspired me to work hard to achieve my dreams/goals in life.

Explain your biggest obstacle to overcome in making college happen and what you're doing to help overcome it.
All of my college expenses will be paid by myself alone. However, I do have a plan in how I will overcome this major obstacle. I take eight college credit classes and work part time, using the money earned to pay for emergencies while applying to as many scholarships as I can. Along with work and academics, I do many other things to help earn more towards my higher education. I resale my clothes and cut down on spending money. This may not seem like a lot, but to me, every little thing counts when working to accomplish my goals.