Story behind the story… I went from living in the worst housing project in the U.S. to a bonafied ‘Who’s Who’ on Howard University’s Campus by using the following strategies…
I was able to write this article in less than 24 hours after receiving my list of topics for discussion from Save Our Legacy, a platform I decided to promote after learning of it’s mission to highlight the achievements of overcomers. How was I able to write this article so fast while traveling the world with two children?
The answer is simple, I grew up during part of my middle and all of my high school years in the “projects”. Actually, the projects we lived in are now nationally known for the heinous crimes and reckless actions of their youth. Yes, I lived in the projects, one of the worse projects in the world, but I did not allow my temporary environment to define me. Nor did I allow it to stop me from pursuing my dream to attend Howard University. I met with every potential advisor and mentor that I could and submitted everything I needed to in order to make my dream a reality. In actuality, I’ve been blessed to beat the odds, sort of speak, since I was a young child. The best part about it is letting others know how I did it so that they can do it for themselves.
If you know a loved one who lives in low-income housing or is in a very financially straining situation, but deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams, please share. Many people write about what they don’t know, this is something that I know because I’ve lived it. I think I’ve used 9 out of the 10 resources listed.
TOP TEN RESOURCES FOR LOW INCOME
There is always a way to achieve your dreams. Many people who have lived in the generational confines of poverty do so because they believe that higher education is unobtainable for the poor. This belief is the furthest thing from the truth. There are many resources available for prospective and current low-income college students.
Here is a list of our top 10 resources for low-income college students:
Do you have phenomenal talent, but are not sure what to do with it? Finding a mentor in your chosen career field will be the best decision you could ever make. Mentors are those people who are doing the things you desire to do and are willing to show you how. They’ve proven through consistency that what it is that you desire is within your reach. Be your absolute best, build rapport and approach that person who stands out to you or choose a few until you make the connection that seems right for both of you.
2. Academic Advisors
The guidance and leadership of a professional in academia to help you stay on track towards graduation and making wise preliminary career choices is priceless. Academic advisors are the logistical planners assigned to help you create your career by staying true to structure and strategy. If you follow the guidance and direction of a seasoned professional that has helped countless others excel in college then you are well on your way to a lifetime of success.
3. Computer Labs
If you are not able to purchase a laptop or PC, then the campus computer lab is an excellent free alternative. Your tuition covers your free and unlimited access to the computer lab so why not take advantage of it? Many times you’ll see for group projects, assignments and just for peace of mind you’ll end up meeting in the lab for work. Your campus computer lab should be equipped with the latest technology and the best computer software and programs. Don’t leave money on the table by not taking advantage of this resource.
4. Access to University Health Care Facilities
As a career professional, you’ll spend countless dollars that you’ll be ashamed to admit on healthcare costs; so why not take advantage of free or low-cost resources as a college student? Your tuition covers access to local university health facilities and resources. Use this to your advantage and get all routine, preventative and suggested checkups to ensure optimal health and to get used to routine health care being a part of your life plan.
There are countless scholarships available to college students such as: Merit Based Scholarships, Community Activism Scholarships, University Donor Based Scholarships, Scholarships Specifically for Students on Public Assistance and more. The most important thing to do is to figure out what about you stands out, how you can present this in a scholarship essay and which types of scholarships to apply for. Create a scholarship submission strategy. The more you’ll have the less you’ll have to resort on student loans and the more you’ll be able to do for yourself.
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