Together We Can Break The Cycle!
Team Member: Jazmin Vargas
In the past few years I have come to realize two things: I am blessed to live in the United States and that I belong to a family with a lingering cycle. A cycle where men make all of the decisions, where education is not valued, and where there is an unending lack of hope for upward mobility. As the clock ticks towards graduation, I have accepted that the past has driven me to seek change. I am determined to break that cycle; I will go to college and work diligently to accomplish that goal!
My parents came to America in the attempt to give my three younger siblings and me a better future. It has not been easy for my family, especially my parents who have always been hard working people. Unfortunately, my father was taken away from me at an early age; this was a devastating blow to my family. My mother was forced into a mother-father role. With no education, my mother works long hours to support the five of us. When we wake up in the morning we kiss our mother goodbye, cognizant of the fact that she is tired after her long shift. At the end of the day we all go to bed hoping she comes home safely.
Our family has made serious sacrifices. I have endured so much in an attempt to relieve some burden off of my mother’s shoulders. Now, with the talk of me wanting to further my education, so many people say it is selfish on my behalf to want to go to college. This thought stems from the fact that my family needs me and does not have the necessary resources for me to pursue a higher education. Although it may be hard to accept, I know that continuing my education is the best long-term solution. The immense love I have towards my family further fuels my motivation. While I want to help my mother retire, my main motivations are the smiling faces that look up to me every day. I want my siblings to go to college, I want them to succeed, and I want them to break the family cycle!
In school I have done nothing but my very best and I am proud to be third in my graduating class. Regardless of the adversities at home, I wake up every morning with a smile on my face. Milwaukee is my home and I have taught my siblings to serve the community that has always supported us. With humility I can say that I will succeed in college and with my future goals. I just need the opportunity.
I have been accepted into several universities. My hard work and good grades has earned me a full tuition scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, meeting the remainder costs for books, room, and board has become an enormous obstacle. I would truly appreciate any help in efforts to continue this journey and break the lingering cycle.