I’m happy to say I read that more than three-quarters (77%) of Latinos ages 16 to 25 say their parents think going to college is most important. Back when I was growing up many parents just wanted their kids to get a job. I remember being told there was no money for me to go to college and even though I was accepted to three colleges I was unable to attend any.
That very moment I vowed to myself if I ever had children I would help pay for at least 75% of their college debt. Now today with one child on her third year of college and my second child preparing for college I’m happy that I stuck to my commitment to helping them have an opportunity that I couldn’t have. I’m currently sacrificing eight years of my life and while this doesn’t guarantee anything it will give them a great start, just with the mere fact that they will not start drowned in debt.
The reason I’m so hung up on my kids being educated or prepared is that lately I’ve studied my community more and more and I realized that people with power or high influence love to trick and lie to the uneducated or poor because they know, that they don’t know any better. I don’t want my children to be intimidated by supposed community leaders that have hidden agendas. I don’t want my kids to be tricked with freebies that they will pay a high price for later. See I don’t believe in FREEBIES, I feel anything JUST given to you has a hidden price. It’s sad to see how people in the community are using their power or voice just to build themselves and easily convincing the poor or uneducated to do whatever they want. Sadly now with social media, it’s even easier to trick people. Parents, please prepare your children so others don’t use them as puppets.
“Wise men profit more by fools than fools by wise men.”
― Marcus Porcius Cato
By Rosa Julia Parra.