Hey everybody! My name is Ariel, and I am so excited to be attending Grand Valley State University in the fall!
due to my financial situation, I need to come up with about $6,000
dollars if I don’t want to take out unsubsidized student loans.
mother has, for the past several years (maybe even longer, I don’t
know), has had a heroin addiction. Not only has it robbed my sister and I
of what should have been a great childhood, but has also (as anyone who
has lived with someone with an addiction can probably attest to) robbed
my family financially. If there was ever any money set aside for me to
go to college, it doesn’t exist any longer.
Things got worse,
however, when back in January, my mother was staying in a rehabilitation
facility. Just a couple days after checking in, she checked herself
out, went across the street and carjacked a poor man’s truck and ran him
over with it, taking him from his children, grandchildren, and
Now, she has to pay for her actions, but now my sister’s life and my own have been flipped upside down.
the matter of days, we had everything we had known taken away from us.
We weren’t allowed to live at home with our step-dad (because of family
drama), and my father committed suicide in Oct. ‘13, so my grandfather
obtained legal guardianship of us both. We now live in a house of 6
people, 4 of them teenagers (myself being the oldest which means being
the first to go off to college).
Financially, we have just enough
money to get by, and not really any extra money to help go toward my
college education, and even if we had enough for me, my family has to
start putting 3 more kids through college over the next 5 or so years.
kind of contribution will help immensely. Everyday I meet more people
who are truly good, kind and compassionate, and it really helps to know
these people are in the world when times get tough. Even if you cannot
donate money, sharing my page to those who can is just as good a help as
any and I thank you so much for what ever you can do assist.
much as I don’t want to put myself out into the world like this, I know
that sometimes a person just needs to ask for help.