When my family immigrated to the United States from Nepal in 2011, we had no place to live, no support system and no experience with the American educational system. We were starting from scratch.
Neither of my parents had a college degree. They worked countless hours, seven days a week, at minimum wage jobs to provide for our family. Even then, they couldn’t afford to send their children to college. So, I enrolled in a local community college, working several jobs to both pay for school and help support my family.
Like most community college students, I aspired to transfer and complete a four-year degree. I didn’t realize that only