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November 9, 2012
Atlas Letter from a CAMPer

This is a letter one of our members sent us that he had used as his College Application Letter, and it really resonated with us. The subject of this letter addresses the CAMP (College Access to Migrant People) program that Atlas ran in the summer of this year, to explore colleges in Western Massachusetts and New London, CT (read more about CAMP in the post “Atlas goes to College!

 

The College Dream

Everyone has once dreamed to study in colleges. I am no exception. I thought I would get a good job and make more money if I went to college just like what everyone kept telling me how great it would be.  Recently, I learned that having a college degree isn’t equal to being employed with a high paid job. Why don’t I just find a job starting from the bottom and work my way up to the top by working hard? In the other hand, I can always run my own business one day, which also can bring in money. I become aware that having a college degree isn’t as necessary as I thought. This thought came into my mind, “what am I going to college for?”

I came to America one more years ago. I had to think hard of my future in this new country. It’s tougher to get into the colleges here when everything is new to me. I can only get information about college from friends some like the college life a lot some don’t. I have been puzzled by whether or not college should be my next step on my own. One day the lawyer Lauren from ATLAS invited me to their college “CAMP Trip” in Massachusetts. I had a chance walking on the campus ground. All the campuses that we had visited were very welcoming even flowers were greeting us. This trip brought smiles to our faces and felt we were part of this learning environment those were mind changing experience to me. Then, I was taken by my surprise that I really wanted to be one of the freshmen walking into this landscape of learning.

It was absolutely worth having this CAMP trip that ATLAS had organized with a small awesome group with a twist of cultural, interests and ethnicity diversity. This CAMP brought us together. We shared a lot of laughter and the moment hard to forget. It was my first time living with the people who came from all over the world. I guessed it was kind of dorm life in college.

The experience of the trip helped me in answering my own question, “what am I going to college for?” I understand that going to college it’s not about getting a high paid job or money. It’s about I can choose what I want to learn and further develop skills I would choose as a career advancement. I am grateful that this trip exists from which I can begin to dream what my college life would be.

– Name Withheld

 

 

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