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Winning Essays 2013 > Sonie

Winning Essay: Sonie M. Johnson

Why a Degree? To Reach Milestones. 

Sonie 170I want to complete my Associates of the Arts Degree here at Northwest Vista College because I have been out of school for twenty six years. As a nontraditional student, re-entering the class room has been difficult. I have had to learn the basic skills such as using technology to complete my assignments. Northwest Vista College has provided efficient tutors in various labs to help all students. I utilize these labs on a daily basis. Because of these labs and other resources such as the library I am now in my fourth semester. 

My biggest obstacle has been financial. I moved to Texas with eighty two cents in my purse. Starting over in all aspects of my life was unexpected, and at times unbearable. Most days I would attend school all day, silently battling hunger and fatigue. I am an out of state student and I have to pay more than one thousand dollars for each course. This has caused severe hardship. I am grateful this cost will be adjusted to the in-district tuition rate, now that I have been here at Northwest Vista for more than one year.

I believe attending a community college was the correct decision, because the tuition would be much higher had I gone directly to a four year university. Taking the core classes provides opportunities for success. I have reached several milestones since my first semester. I have maintained my grades while overcoming adverse circumstances. I am privileged to have instructors and faculty who encourage me to remain diligent in my work.

My goals after graduating are to attend UTSA and pursue my Bachelors and Master’s degrees. My dream is to be a published author, teacher, and a social worker. I have many unpublished stories that I believe can be uplifting to others who themselves have lived through difficult times or situations. After I complete my degrees, I would like to teach members of society who have dropped out of high school. Many of these citizens are unskilled and living unproductive lives. I believe if nothing is done to help these citizens, America will have greater problems economically as well as socially on a continuous basis.

As a social worker, I want to help women and children who have survived domestic violence. This social problem is usually mentioned when high profile people are involved. It is tragic that a majority of women suffer through horrific abuse every day. They live in silence and fear unknown to their friends and neighbors. These children who are the victims today are the future of this country. If tangible help is not offered to these children now, the violence these children repeat later as adults may leave America unrecognizable.

I have carried these dreams to write, teach, and help others in my heart since I was four years old. To fulfill these dreams I must complete my education regardless of the difficulties I have endured. As an honor student at Northwest Vista, these dreams are within my reach.