Perpetual cycle

I recently read the an article in theatlantic.com entitled Why So Many Minority Millennials Can’t Get Ahead. This is one of the contributing factors of why I find myself in my current situation. I was born to wonderful parents who truly love their family. Unfortunately, neither had a high school education and therefor no career path they were on. Both my parents dropped out of high school to help support their parents. My parents worked very hard. They weren’t lazy. They had strong work ethic and instilled a sense of pride in us for a good honest day’s work. It didn’t matter how hard they worked. We never got ahead. There was no chance of that.

From a young age I vowed that I would not spend the rest of my life in the barrio. I studied hard. I worked hard but in my first year at university and soon I realized that my education was coming to an end. I qualified for financial aid but had to take on student loans to pay for the balance due. I realized this was not a route I wanted to take. I took a full time job. I put my education on the back burner and worked at getting my parents and siblings out of the barrio. With the combined income of my parent and me, we were able to purchase a modest home in a better neighborhood. I worked and put myself through school. I earned my associate degree but struggled to complete my bachelor’s degree while holding a full time job. At this point a full time job became three jobs. I started work at 7:30 am and ended at 7:30 pm Monday through Friday. I also worked all Saturday. We were making ends meet but we still were unable to make enough to save for our future. It’s just not right.

I’m not saying that this is the only reason my family is struggling with finances right now. There are many other societal factors that contribute that. My current situation might have been a little different if I could have focused on my education because my parents didn’t need my income to keep them afloat. How are we to stop this perpetual cycle? I don’t want to pass this to my children… And their children…and their children…

Author: mariermaritare

We are a married man and woman who are trying to figure out life, love, family and marriage.

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