personal statement Essays

Submitted By alexandriacarter1994
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I awaken abruptly in the middle of the night lying in a bed made for one next to my youngest brother and my mother. As I lay there with sweat trickling down my forehead I angrily, bitterly try to think of a single thing in my young life that’s worth fighting for. Poverty, very low self-esteem, confusion and public schools have always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always believed that if you’re not doing something good you can’t complain about something being wrong. In my community I strongly dislike how teenagers with such bright ideals and goals to make their community a better place for everyone to live are shot down and backs turned on as if they committed a crime. So the end of my junior year I decide to have a voice and speak up for those who can’t and join the Multnomah youth commission. The Multnomah youth commission is the official youth policy body for both Multnomah County and the City of Portland, it is a group of young people, ages 13-21, that strives to provide a voice for youth in the County & City’s work. It’s housed within the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community and the City of Portland’s Office of the Mayor. the MYC works to change policy affecting young people, as well as negative community perception about youth.Experiencing days when the lights were turned off due to lack of payment, nights without food and weeks in confusion has strengthen my desire to go to college so that I will never have to feel like this for as long as I live. There’s nights when I couldn’t sleep because all I could think about is where I am I going to be a year from now, what college am I going to be in and would I be happy. All my life I felt as if I didn’t have a purpose because college for people like me wasn’t an opinion, the perception I had was if you had to live off food stamps and couldn’t even sleep because the bodies of your brothers and sister was right next to you, snoring in your ear you couldn’t make it no were near close to college. I couldn’t even sniff the smell of what…