Graduating from college was probably the most important accomplishment thus far in my life. When I graduated from high school, my mom had to return to Montana (where we’re from) to be with my grandma who had been diagnosed with cancer. That left me alone in the big city to figure things out for myself.
I quickly realized that I’d better get into college and figure out a way to pay my bills. To make a long and arduous story short, I went to college off and on for nine years, taking time off to work in the summer and fall quarters, and then returning to school for winter and spring. The whole time I was collecting financial aid in the form of grants and free money. Unsurprisingly, after nine years, I became very proficient at filling out the FAFSA and getting as much aid as I could in order to support myself.
I’m the type of person who believes that everything happens for a reason. You may not be able to see why at first, but as time goes on you begin to see the purpose of things from your past. My time in college and my struggle to find financial aid was the perfect training for what I do now. We help families legally and ethically position themselves to get as much financial aid as possible. In these tough economic times, this has been a valuable resource for families. Our firm has done very well in serving our community and we are very proud of that fact.
In closing, my point is this – without college, none of my success would have been possible. I will forever love my time in college and be thankful for the opportunity.