I grew up in a household where there was a single father and 5 kids. When i was fourteen years old my dad left. He left behind my 3 younger siblings, in which i took care of. I took care of those kids as if they were my own. I had to graduate from school early that way i could work full time. I was legally emancipated and was taking care of the kids. I began working full time in order to support the little ones. When i turned 18 i got a job in the car business. I worked almost 14 hours on a daily basis. At that time i was still taking care of my younger brother. All i really wanted to do was go to college and play softball. My younger brother just recently turned 18 and moved out on his own. Now, without the responsibiltity of my younger sibling, i made the decision to go to college. I was a straight A student throughout all my struggles, trials, and tribulations while i was going to school. I want to go to college to make a better life for myself. I easily could have chosen the lilfestyle of partying and drugs, but i chose to take a brighter path. Not only for myself, but I was the only role model around for my younger siblings. I just quite work recently and started school at Reedley College. I am majoring in Criminology and my minor is business. I never got the opportuntiy to live a normal life that a 14 year old would have. I am now 20 years old and i have been on my own since i was fourteen years old. i have struggled tremendously but it has made me who i am today. I believe after all the hard work i have put into my life already, i deserve the opportuntity for something great to happen to me. Its time for the tables to turn! Although i have gone through many trials in my life and i am so young, i still believe i have a very blessed path. God lead me into the right direction at such a young age and i am very thankful for that. My twin little brother and sister are now with their mother. My 18 year old brother and i are very close and he means the world to me. He is a senior in high school right now and i want to be able to pay for him to go to college and make himself a good life. I never had anyone there to help me and now that i am going to school i am struggling tremendously. Im from a little town that has nothing but bad influences around. I have seen so many focused people fall down the wrong path here and thats the last thing i want to see happen to my younger brother. That is why i want to help him go to school. I believe everything happens for a reason that is why i dont regret anything i have been through. It has all made me who i am today. All i want is the opportuntiy to not only better my life but to better my younger brothers as well.
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