This was me when I graduated high school, on my way off to college. I was so ready and eager but college is a lot different than I ever expected.
Almost no one in my family has finished college. My parents haven’t, my sister hasnt. I wanted to be the first in our household to graduate and earn a STEM degree.
Coming from a low income family, I can’t make ends meets for my college tuition. I’m working a minimum wage job and I’m receiving financial aid, but it’s not enough to cover all of my college expenses. I’m struggling. I’m stressed. My anxiety is through the roof. All because I can’t pay for what I need to pay for.
I need help. I don’t want to be another young woman who can’t pursue her dreams and completely forgoes education and a career in chemistry because I am poor.
It’s so important that there are women in these fields. So, please, don’t let a horrible higher education system keep another young woman from her passion.