My Parents Support Me Through College Emotionally, Not Financially

My Parents Support Me Through College Emotionally, Not Financially

My parents, like every other set of parents in the world, wanted for me to go to college. So I did.


My parents, like every other set of parents in the world, wanted for me to go to college. They had big dreams for me.

There was just one thing stopping them: money.

Sure, we're an upper-middle-class family, so they should have some money to give me for college, right?

Well, they don't.

When I graduated high school, I received a scholarship that allowed me to complete the first two years of my college education for free, so long as I went to a community college.

Tuition is a big financial burden, so who could pass up free money?

When I was about halfway through community college, I decided to change my major in order to transfer to a four-year university. It all seemed fine and dandy until it came time to figure out how to pay for it.

Of course, I took out student loans, but my parents have a pretty high income, so I didn't get enough money to cover the remaining balance of my tuition. They were having money troubles of their own at the time and I was on my own.

I soon realized that they, like every other stereotypical parent, would not be able to support me financially through college. And that's fine.

I don't drive due to medical reasons, but I often stay at school anyway up to 12 hours a day because I have a job there. It keeps me busy. On the weekends, I have a retail job that pays decent money, but it pays enough to give my school the tuition money they need.

My mom has said numerous times that she wishes that she could help pay for my college, she recognized that it's the parent's responsibility, not the students. I can't tell you how many times she's nearly cried while we talk about it.

My dad tells me all the time how proud he is of me that I'm getting my Bachelor's degree, which is something that neither of my parents has. He tells his co-workers, friends and family every time I do something worth sharing and he's always the first one to brag.

For what it's worth, my parents do help me out sometimes. They'll give me money to cover half of my books or they'll give me money to eat on if my hours were cut and I didn't have enough left over after paying my tuition.

I'm not totally on my own, I'm just in a different situation. But it works. I get by.

I know people whose parents pay their entire tuition, who have taken loans out for them and people who are in the same boat that I'm in. We don't value our education any less than one another. We're all there for the same reason: to learn and get experience in our field.

Money may be one thing that my parents may not be able to provide me while I navigate my way through college, but they have given me all the love and support that they can offer.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why I Appreciate My Parents So Much

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One thing I've noticed, the older I've gotten, is how much I appreciate my parents.

We've become so close, it's almost funny to think at one point I looked at them so much differently. When I was younger, my parents were much more strict than they are now. They disciplined differently and didn't let me do certain things. The older I've gotten, the more freedom I've gotten, which is one big sigh of relief.

My parents are such great people. Throughout my whole life, I've always had friends of parents or people who know my parents tell me how great they both are. I'm so blessed to have been raised by them and to have gotten their characteristics.

My mom is so loving and generous, and she thinks of literally everyone else in her life before herself. She's smart and funny, and she is always there when I need someone to talk to. She's taught me how to be courteous, kind, funny (with her sense of humor), and most importantly, accepting towards others.

The older I get, the more I realize how similar I am to her. She's my favorite woman in the whole world. We understand each other.

My dad is a thoughtful, hilarious, wise, and helpful guy who has taught me so many lessons throughout the years. He always makes sure my finances are in order, even more than I do. He keeps me laughing with his funny stories and made-up songs that he sings. He always asks me how my day was every time I walk through the door. He is so adorable and thoughtful, and I'm so happy I got his wit and humor.

His smile lights up a room and I'm so happy I've been hearing his laugh and will continue to for the rest of my life.

Another great thing about my parents is that they've taught me what love looks like. They're so loving, kind, and patient towards each other. I've rarely ever seen them fight in my life. They still treat one another how they did when they first started dating. I have friends and know people whose parents aren't together, and I'm so lucky to say I can't imagine what that's like.

My parents complete each other; they are soulmates. I'm so lucky and appreciative that I get to have the honor of watching their love play out throughout their lives.

I'm so happy and thankful that these are the parents I ended up with. They're the best. I hope to be half of my parents when I become a parent myself.

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