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Imagine how amazing life when you were 16 years old. At 16, I was homeless roaming the streets of Nashville, TN because my father couldn’t afford to feed us all and was too proud to “beg” so he put the oldest children out. Imagine fighting your way through all of that and graduate high school. Then, apply to college just to realize that you can’t get your degree and your dream job will just be what it is… a dream. Today, as I am writing this, I am a full-time employee who also goes to school full time to try to make it, so I can turn around and lend a hand to my community. I am not writing this for you to feel sorry for me because if I had to do it all over again, I most definitely would! This has made me stronger, wiser, and unstoppable. Where I am from, there are still many intelligent children with so much potential that go to sleep every night eating air sandwiches with a glass of polluted water. I have paid for my school thus far and have acquired a couple of debt. I am 5 credits shy of starting my senior year at ASU (Arizona State University), and I have emptied my saving and checking account to pay for this semester of school because I got charged out of state tuition. Like every young adult, I have made some mistakes along the way which caused my GPA to slip a little. This year, I have re-dedicated myself to bring that GPA back up and graduate with at least a 3.5 GPA. Though I am taking 15 credits course load and a full-time employee as a toddler teacher, I have been maintaining an A+ in all my classes, and we are five weeks away to the end of the fall semester. I am involved in numerous clubs at ASU and in the little spare time that I have, I do volunteer work with those clubs because I know what it is to be at the bottom. All I want is to get my bachelor degree and get the same opportunity to apply to law school and get my law degree and be a lawyer. When I become a lawyer, my goal is to turn around and help all the helpless, hungry children like myself and give them the opportunity I never got. Fighting hunger one day at a time, helping one family at the time begins with this.
This is just bits and pieces of what makes Sara Mbanden, aspire to be J.D Sara Mbanden. I didn’t write this essay to get sympathy or for anyone to look at me differently. I am writing this piece for the girls that are still laying on hard floors frighten, waiting for an opportunity. I am writing this for a chance to finish school and be that opportunity that girls like me who get actioned off into marriage don’t get. This for the young children who are still eating air sandwiches, wishing upon a star. Allow me to be that voice for them. Going on this study abroad trip to Israel is something I want to learn from and get to experience the culture, let the young hopeless girls know that it is okay to dream and that there is ALWAYS hope.