% of High School Students who Want to and Expect to Attend College
Wilfred, a 17 year-old student in southeastern New Mexico wishes to follow in his father’s shoes by entering the insatiable oil industry. His mother, on the other hand, wants her son to enter the stable white collar workforce by attending college. This causes conflict in the house due to economic difficulties.
Entering the job market as soon as he graduates ensures immediate income. Attending college postpones financial security and becomes a financial responsibility. They visit with the school counselor, who hooks the family up with the needed resources.
Wilfred completes his petroleum engineering degree and is able to support both his and his parents dreams. (106)
A child is born. Mom and Dad live in a one bedroom house and have no extra money. The child is now a high school senior and has lived in poverty all of his life. Living on the bad side of town. Having no extras in life. No phone. No high class clothes.
It is now graduation time. Time to decide what to do in the future. The student is lost and has no clue what to do. He gots to the school-based health center. The nurse, the doctor and the receptionist all give the student ideas showing him what he can do. They all bring the student great ideas. He now knows there are possibilities, that there is a life outside of what he is used to. He decides to apply for grants and scholarships that the nurse gives him.
He applies and is chosen. He now has a full scholarship to become that doctor that showed him there are possibilities outside the life he was used to. (170)
No one in Junior’s family had ever attended college. Junior lived in Muleshoe with his single mother who worked at McDonald’s. Mom crossed the state line into New Mexico and bought a lottery ticket at a gas station with her last dollar. She felt she was investing in his college education.
When Junior was 16, his mom transferred to the McDonald’s in Portales, and continued to buy lottery tickets. Junior enrolled in dual credit classes at the high school, and graduated with 6 college credits. Upon graduation, Junior applied to and was accepted into 3 different colleges. He applied for, and was awarded the lottery scholarship. He went to college and now owns a McDonald’s. (115)