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Broke and College-Bound

By Edited Nov 2, 2016 1 0

College is an experience that everyone deserves to have, yet in our society today it seems that in order to go to college you have to be in one of two scenarios 1) someone else will pay for your education or 2) you have to accept being broke, eating Ramen noodles, and paying for college the rest of your life. In our changing society, as we all know, having a college education is important in order to get a decent paying job. Those of you who never went to college might have felt a restraint because you could not commit to being in debt for the rest of your life. While there are scholarships and grants awarded to certain students, most of these scholarships, specifically, are only concerned with minority groups and high achieving students. The "average" students seem to be the ones caught in the middle of a rock and a hard place when it comes to seeking financial aid. This is not to say though, that helping minorities and good students is a bad thing. I am only making the point that average students seemed to be overlooked most of the time. In our country, a college education should be available to everyone. Instead of concentrating on diversity (we have so many minority groups in the US these days that it is almost no matter), we need to make sure our average Americans are also getting the help that they need in advancing their education. Yes, poor people and minority groups are important, but with the emphasis that our government has been putting on this in the past few years, they have overlooked the disadvantaged middle class Americans who also can't afford to go to college. I don't like being turned down for a scholarship just because I am a middle class White (caucasian). To me, that is just as racist as anything else. We should live in a world where education is available to everyone. Where a good college education is free, so that we can all thrive in a world with decent paying jobs. Maybe one day that dream will become a reality, and we will never hear again of the broke college student scrimping and saving, having to eat Ramen noodles every day to survive....



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