It is with pleasure that I say, I am a first generation college student. My parents had my brother at a very young age, and as my dad immediately went to serve in the Marine Corps after graduation, my mom stayed home and took on the position of stay at home mom. My older brother thought about college for a while, but decided that the military was a better option for him and is now a member of the army. I feel immense gratitude being able to say that I made it this far and knowing that my future plans are in sight and within reach. I know that this opportunity would not be possible without the support and encouragement of my family. With that being said, my family recently moved across the country, leaving college expenses at an all time max for me. They help as much as they can, and I work a part time job amongst my busy class schedule to save money. The added expense of study abroad, though it is a great opportunity, could not be possible without the help of outside funding. I aspire to get my masters in social work, with a minor in Spanish, in hopes to broaden my horizons and be able to work with a diverse span of populations. This trip would allow me to complete my minor, while learning the culture as well. Working with Spanish speaking people who need a social worker requires cultural competence of their lifestyle. Learning a language, as well as becoming accustomed to different cultures, are attributes that are best learned by immersion rather than hear say. This opportunity would help me pursue my goals and better my chances in this career field. My family and friends are very supportive of this opportunity, as they never had the chance to do something so extraordinary.