Essay

My life was drastically changed by attending an Alabama community college. When I was young my parents did not enroll me in school and they did not home school me. I grew up without an education. My older sister taught me to read and helped me with basic stuff, but I missed out on a real education.

I started working manual labor jobs when I was 13 years old and I knew I had to do something to change my life. When I was 21 years old I decided to get my GED. When I took my placement test I was at a third-grade level in math and tested low in all categories except for reading — I was reading at a 12th-grade level. Thank God for good big sisters who teach you how to read!

In one month of prep classes I was ready to take the GED test, and I passed my first time! On to college! My first day of actual school was my first day at Northeast Alabama Community College. I had never been so nervous and excited in my life. I spent two great years at Northeast and graduated as part of the math honors society with a degree in science. I have since received my bachelor’s degree and in January 2014 I am starting work on my master’s degree.

Attending Northeast built confidence in myself and made college affordable for me. My faith in God has driven me to better myself and without that faith I would not be where I am today. Northeast played a huge role in my life and God has done amazing things in me through this school. I never thought that I would spend one day in a classroom, but when I am done with school I will have 3 college degrees.

Northeast Alabama Community College was the first step to a better life. If I can do it, anybody can!

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