I recently had to write a scholarship essay in hopes of receiving funds towards next year’s tuition. I’ve decided to share it all with you.

Twelve-year-olds are supposed to play with friends, watch movies, and attend football games. They are supposed to play mini golf and go swimming on hot summer days. Twelve-year-olds aren’t supposed to lose their fathers to suicide. They aren’t supposed to know that death is real, that the world can be dark and cruel, and that sometimes life really sucks.

But, as we’ve been told, life isn’t fair. Some twelve-year-olds are forced to handle the harsh reality of life and lose their innocence early.

I would know, because that twelve-year-old was me. I was the little girl turned adult in a matter of a few hours-whose life flipped upside down.

At twenty, I still suffer the consequences of my father’s actions. But I have not and will not become a product of his death. I will not let that stop me from succeeding. I will rise from the depression I was sunk into for so very long.

I am a strong writer, hard worker, and positive thinker.

Working a full-time job while also attending Luzerne for full-time classes is difficult and exhausting. My overflowing plate of things to do keeps me busy and allows me to create a name for myself, both professionally and academically. The philosophy behind my method is to work hard now so I am able to relax later in life.
Truthfully, college seemed out of the question for a long time. I knew I loved writing and communication, but I didn’t think I’d succeed in college courses. I am pleased to realize now just how wrong I was.

Andrew Petonak and Edward Ackerman have helped me every step of the way towards a successful career in journalism, and I am incredibly grateful for them. These two professors treated me like a fellow human, as opposed to a paycheck like some professors I’ve dealt with. They never gave up on me even when I felt like giving up on myself. Without the help of these two, I don’t know if I’d still be enrolled at Luzerne County Community College.

Life has thrown me a lot of curveballs, there is no doubting that. Regardless of the struggles I have faced and the experiences I have gone through, I am appreciative for the opportunity to be someone in this world. I want to make a difference.
The college experience has shaped me into a driven, success-seeking woman. With the help of my professors, I am positive that one day I will be an expert in writing and an accomplished journalist.

Life may not have always been smooth, but my future is bright and I am hopeful.


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