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Going away to college is such a bittersweet time for both the parent and child. I remember it like it was yesterday, the excitement, the fear and sadness all wrapped into my suitcase as I packed and got ready for the send off.
I was the first Hernandez to go to college so my send off was a big deal for our familia. As a Latina, going away to college far from home was unheard of but I persisted on going up north. My parents really wanted me to stay, I really wanted to spread my wings and fly. My dad drilled me with question upon question on the what, why and how of my plans. I didn’t let money or fear keep me from pursuing my dream. My parents opened an account for me with all the money they had saved for me, it didn’t cover my first semester of school but it was a start. I worked my butt off to pay for my school and thanks to God I received some scholarships. If you’re like me and dreamed of going to college but feel financially strapped I encourage you to look into scholarships, government aid and even sweepstakes as I mentioned below–you could win $20,000 in college tuition from Dr Pepper. Don’t let your dream of going to college fall to the wayside.
I was determined to become a psychologist and bring peace and healing to those who were bound in emotional and spiritual turmoil. This was my parents dream for their children–an education. So they relinquished and drove me hundreds of miles away up to the cold north and with much pride and sadness they dropped off their first child at college.
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So let’s celebrate our college bound students! Here’s the perfect heartfelt farewell gift you can send your child with. These notes can be opened up throughout the school year, when you’re not there–to hold them, to give them advice, to encourage them, to smile at them and remind them how awesome they are.
Keep Calm and Study Hard
First pick up from Walmart a pack of Dr. Pepper! Then print off this fun Keep Calm and Study Hard tag and tape it onto the pack of Dr. Pepper. This pack of Dr. Pepper may not make it past a few days after school starts so you may need to buy something bigger to get them through the first few months.
Open When… Letters
This is my favorite it’s also easy to put together. All you need to do is grab some envelopes and note cards, print off the tags below and glue onto your envelopes. You can write whatever you wish and personalize the envelopes for your college bound child. For example, Open when…you miss your family–you can place a family picture, write about a fun family memory, or include a favorite family vacation. A funny joke or saying that only your family would get.
You can print off your own set, just click here:Open When Letters
Starting August 28th visitors will be able to play a digital football toss game (similar to the real thing at football conference champ game half time) for a chance to win $20,000 in tuition (can be used to pay off student loans!). Dr Pepper will be giving away free prizes as well as an additional $5,000 in tuition to one lucky winner in each market, in select markets at Walmart locations.
Be sure to check out http://cbi.as/mhrt for a chance to win tuition! What would you/your college student do if you won tuition money?
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