Success in College and Life
My father passed away when I was young and my mom was faced with a burden to raise a family of ten alone and to pay back few debts with no income. The hardship and the suffering that she endured inspired me to be a responsible person rather than careless .Growing up privy of these circumstances has changed my life for the better. At young age, my mother and my elder sisters, would do jobs that are physically demanding to help with the cost of food .I would help my mom and my sisters with cultivating, and irrigating for other people throughout the years. At times we ran out of food, and we would sleep without eating. One loaf of bread would last the whole day so we would have enough for each meal .At times, tired and frustrated, my mom would remind us that she had had enough, and that it was my turn as well as my other brothers' to roll up ourselves and provide for ourselves” if you want to eat, you should make men out of yourselves”.
Despite all difficulties my mom underwent, she was determined to raise a large family with no income. She felt it was her responsibility to allow each one of us the opportunity to stay in school like any other kid in the neighborhood .I could never afford the whole syllabus not to mention other expense. For example ,I would make my notes books from unused papers from old note books .So ,as hard it was for us to get approved for government help then , and as much as I hoped someone would have stepped in help us then ,I feel it is hard for me to turn down people who ask for help today .That is ,I am morally obligated to lend help the needy. This whole experience has taught me to be passionate, caring and responsible. This is because only people who undergo similar situations know what it means to suffer, to need and to be hungry as a result of food shortage. Anytime I reflect back on those bitter moment, I get very overwhelmed yet strong because it revokes the sufferings my mom and my sister had to go through as they strived to raise a large family with no income .Also, I am reminded of the sense of responsibility to care for others who are not fortunate enough to have someone to look after them for whatever reason. My mother's strength and her determination in the most difficult times has shaped and molded me into the type of person I am today: loving, caring and responsible.