I was born in Jamaica in 1992, where I attended school from age 3 to 14. Jamaica is where most of my family and friends reside. My mother and sisters migrated to America for three years now for a better life. I wanted to see my friends before they graduate and also my family. Because I’ve matured a lot I wanted to see my homeland through a more developed mind. So I went back to Jamaica in 2007.
I visited my old high school in Jamaica where I went from 7th thru 9th grade. My classmates were in their senior year in school. We reminisced about how we would always would brag about what we would be in the future, who’s going to make the most money, live in the biggest house, and what college we would go to.
I’ve gotten to realize that some of my classmates were expelled from school, some because of pregnancy, drugs, lack of motivation etc. One of friend had a baby so she had been expelled. Now she has to find a job because you’ve gotten kicked there’s normally no return.
Some of my friends and I were talking about their plans for the future and there was no mention about going to college. In Jamaica education normally stops after high school mainly because of financial issues. Only the rich usually goes to college and low income people normally go in to a trade. In most cases kids would work at a hotel, in construction, at a store, or even farming. They didn’t even get the chance to pursue their career which they wanted to do.
Because of my visit back to Jamaica, I’ve now realized how blessed I am to have opportunity to go to college and further my education. It also motivate be to be the best I can because not everyone have the chance. I will not let anything nor any one be a barrier to my career goals. Money is one of my main issues but even that will not stop me. If I want to be successful in life college is my best bet, it is also my investment in myself.
One day, I hope I’ll be able to establish an organization for children all over the world to help pay for them to go to college because I know how expensive it from personal experiences. But if that dream doesn’t come thru I would like to at least award a scholarship to a needy student like myself. A college education is not is not cheap but its well worth it.
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