Alex California

This Hispanic Life

Growing up Hispanic in the lower middle class is hard enough but when applying to college it gets harder.

Dear Mr. president, 

     In my years of growing up as a lower middle class Hispanic, I've realized that its harder attending college than a normal american. Ever since I was a little kid my mom and dad would always tell me, if i wanted to attend a decent college I would need above average grades and need connections in higher places in order to accomplish my dreams.But i asked them if it that's all it took why didn't my cousins or brother attend college, they replied with a because they didn't have the amount of opportunities as I do right now. 

     I've also noticed, even with all the opportunities provided for me it still required a certain expectation or requirement or a price and most of the time my family couldn't afford to apply me in certain clubs or other activities. Since we were already struggling with providing for a family of 8 it made it impossible to come close for those requirements even if i needed to get into a good college. In the world we live in the main thing needed to attend a good enough UC or CAL state we need money and living in the conditions as a lower middle class Hispanic, that made even harder. 

     Comparing myself to other families, I'm actually very lucky because I have some chance of attending college because of side activities but even then my chances are very minimal. Even though there many programs I can apply for to attend college but even then that's like waiting in line for a roller coaster and you're not sure it's even going to open. I'm still debating to go to college because I also want to be here with my family and help provide for them and I'm not the only one. There are Hispanic families needing help with money and that's making their kids wanting to stay and help provide.

     Mr. president all we ask for is a more reliable college plan people in my situation. All we ask is for a plan that'll help our money issues and our family problems. 


John Henry Francis Polytechnic High School

Honors English 10 A / Period 4

Sophomore English class in the magnet program of John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, California.

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