Beginning Again Essay

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I remember my first job as an intern at Parkland Memorial Hospital back in 1998. Helping people has always been a passion of mine and working at the hospital that summer let me know that I could do so and make a living at the same time. Though helping people was my passion, making money is what fascinated me the most that summer. So after working throughout high school and landing a decent job in the mortgage industry, I decided that earning money was more important than pursing a degree in nursing. Boy was I wrong! After five years of service as the companies top performing agent, I was laid off due to company downsizing. As I worked and continued to be laid off due to economic downfall, I ...view middle of the document...

She sent me to the financial aid office where I was educated on the different options I had for assistance. The first was a grant program offered by the government. The attendant helped me to fill out a free application for federal student aid. After we completed the application, she told me about other grants and scholarships that were available. All I had to do was apply and if all else failed there was the risky option of taking out a loan. But before I did that, I went ahead and waited to hear back from FASFA. While waiting, I went ahead and starting building a profile on a website called Fastweb that helped students apply for scholarships through essay writing. As a back-up plan, I sat down with my husband to start working out a budget for out of pocket expenses. We decided that if none of the aid funded in my favor, we would use our yearly tax return to cover the cost of my courses and materials.
Finally, all I had to do was find childcare. I began looking for facilities that were available at night during my school hours. My son, David, was four years old and my daughter, Summer-Rae, was just six months. I needed a facility that I could...

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