My parents drove me up to my dorm, the family car stuffed with clothes, bedding and more to get me through the coming year. I was filled with excitement and a little bit of fear, as I was about to embark on my collegiate journey.
I had the typical freshmen concerns:
Will I like my roommate?
Will my classes be hard?
Will I have a good time?
One question, I never had to ask, however was:
Will I be able to afford my education.
I am privileged to have had my entire college education paid for by my parents. Not once in my four years as a student did I ever have to worry about where I would find money for books, room and board, or even food. I was fortunate. More fortunate than many of my peers.
Knowing my financial situation was always stable, I was better able to focus on my studies and handle the other pressures of college life.
But, my family support wasn’t limited to money, I also had parents, who, were actively invested in ensuring myself and my two siblings made it through school and earned our degrees.
They knew getting through college is not a task easily accomplished without help. Continue reading