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The life-long debt

This is my friend's exprience paying his college education

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"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."

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Students should not have to experience this amount of stress for the next month´s payment. It distracts him/her from the real reason he/she is in college, to learn.

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Hi Fernando, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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