Young Mother Pursuing a Degree
Organized by: Alexis Smith
I'm married and a mother of 2. I became pregnant with my daughter when I was 17, my son when I was 19, my children are now 4 and 2. When I was pregnant with my daughter I had intention of returning to high school and graduating a semester late but the principle wouldn't allow me back into school, forcing me to get my GED, completing high school a year late. I've recently enrolled to do online courses with Southern New Hampshire University for a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration. I have received enough FAFSA and Student Aid to cover tuition and partial for my books for my August - October term but I'm in dire need of a new computer. I have a computer, but it's unreliable and doesn't meet the school's requirements needed to do my online classes; as well as needing other things such as an external hard drive and specific programs that need purchasing. The school is partnered with Dell to offer some pretty great deals on computers, as well as amazing protections plans that last throughout my entire college career. Never personally owning a brand new computer before, I never knew how much they cost, especially when needing one that's reliable and with specifications, and I severely underestimated prices. With my daughter starting school the same time as me (literally), we are having to do a lot of purchasing at the same time. Her needing uniforms, supplies, lunches, fees, etc. Myself needing a computer, external hard drive, anti-virus, as well as the usual supplies (Notebooks, flash cards, etc.) All of the thing for myself will be several hundreds of dollars out of pocket. Books will be up to $200, the lowest price laptop meeting the specifications is priced at $730, external hard drives can be anywhere from $60-200. After my loans, I'll be roughly $450-500 out of pocket, pre-tax, just for myself. With me going to school full time, leaving my husband to be the only one working, money will be tight. And $500 is a lot to drop at one time in a 1 income, 4 person household. I've made it a few hundred extra to make up for the fees the website takes and also because the $450-500 estimate wasn't including sales tax. I feel weird making a campaign for this. However I want so badly to break away from stress about money. The career I'm pursuing is a great career, reliable, and average starting salary is more than enough to let us have a simple, but stable life. Anything given to help me get started with school is appreciated beyond belief.