Kay's Tuition Fund
Organized by: Kay Barnes
Getting a higher education is expensive. What with tuition, books, housing, and all those extra fees tacked on, the bill can get pretty high very fast - and that's just for one semester at a public university. If a person wants to earn more than a Bachelor's degree, the price climbs even higher. I think this became one of the main reasons I never really talked about my desire. I knew that it would take a long time for me to amass the funds and get in a position where I could actually go to law school. Therefore, I decided to focus on a slightly more attainable goal and become a teacher. In the back of my mind, I had a plan of getting a degree in English and to teach for a set number of years so that I could set aside funds for going to law school. This is where the problems started. Because of my desire to help people and having a hard time saying no when asked for help, even when I can't afford it, I became the go-to person in helping others in my family achieve their goals. If someone needed help, either financially or time-wise, it would come down on me to give up what I had to help others. I baby sat even though I had classes the next day. I helped transport people to and from appointments even if I had a test that day. I gave up my pay checks to help others pay their bills. In short, I started giving up on my goals so that others could get the help they needed. I live with my mother, yes to help her out, but when my grandmother started to get sick, she moved closer to my mother and I. In fact she moved in next door to us. Her health never really got better, when she got so ill that she couldn't realistically live on her own, she moved in with us. Her health just became worse and worse, and as you might guess, more of my time and paychecks went toward her and her bills. This was about the same time that my mother's health started to fall. She needed more help around the house and more help in taking care of my grandmother. My mother's health did eventually improve, but unfortunately my grandmother did not. She passed away in May 2015. Since her passing, however, I now find myself with more time to dedicate to my studies and work or at my job. Now, without the added responsibilities I had previously, I want to get back on track in achieving my own goals. I am almost finished with my B.A in English at California State University, Sacramento. However, I need help raising the last part of my tuition and supplies for this semester and for next semester, which would be my last. The goal is for $5000, but every little it helps. Even if all I raise is for the cost of one textbook, then that is one textbook I won't have to worry about.