I am a senior in high school and have planned for post-secondary education for many years. I have worked summers and saved money for college. I knew how much it was going to cost, and I planned on working my way through my education. My family doesn't believe in going into debt, and I've adopted that mentality.
As a middle class white male, there are no significant scholarships available. I was able to take advantage of the state's Running Start program to earn college credit, but with rising fees and the cost of books I had to pay several hundred dollars per quarter to participate. I received no fee waivers.
I am not complaining. I just want to point out that it is possible to get a college education if you are willing to work for it. I have a friend who is not a U.S. citizen and is graduating from college after working her way through for many years.
Her example, and the example of my father and grandfather, who worked during college, have encouraged me in my pursuit for my education. The "Dream Act" is not a piece of legislation that needs to be passed for dreams to come true. An education should be the result of the actions of motivated students who are willing to work.
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Conner Coulson, Mattawa