I didn’t know the definition of hardship until I entered Engl 1B/Chem 1A.
There, I met a single, ESL mother with a son in the Navy who was trying to finish her degree
an aspiring veterinarian who was one year behind her studies due to complications with her pet’s aggressive behavior
a yoga instructor who was trying to make ends meet
an individual who was the youngest child in her family yet had to play a parental role as she led preparations to move homes while managing her studies
a caterer who works full time while juggling college classes
Everybody who has the privilege to enter a four-year college straight out of high school has no idea how it feels like to live a life such as those led by all of the brilliant, hard-working individuals I have met in the span of a few weeks.
They don’t know how it feels like to face insurmountable struggle in addition to school work
They don’t know how it feels like to go hungry and yet still have the willpower to be on time to class every day
They don’t know anything
A stack of textbooks is what lies between the ears of a privileged full-time college student
while I see a priceless amount of fearlessness, determination, wit, and talent in my peers