"I graduated from high school in 2012 and applied to ORU (Oral Roberts University)and some other universities. I had some college credit from high school. I was so ready to take the next step but I was not able to obtain any of the scholarships I wanted and because of that I had to wait a whole year, work and save money. That year I was knocking doors (organizations, online scholarships, etc.), I took the SAT two times, and finally I was able to save enough money to go to ORU for the wholeperson event. There, I was able to receive a certain amount, but it was less than I wanted. However, I was able to receive other aid from other sources and was able to make my way in fall 2013. I looked for a job when I came to ORU, I found one and since then I have been working along side my parents to make the monthly paments to pay room and board. It has been hard and I have learned to balance my time with work and studies. Sometimes I am so tired to do my homework when I get off work at 1:30 a.m. but I still do it because I know that all this hard work will pay off someday."