Nelson P.

Nelson P.


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More About Me

Community: Xenacoj
Grade: 10
Birthday: January 13, 2003
Favorite Subject: Language, because I learn the quickest in that class

Dream: I want to become an architect so I can design things.

Biography: My dad’s an alcoholic, which affects our family economy. My teachers say I’ve got potential, but my family can’t support me because my dad’s got an unstable job and does little to support us. I work during vacations in a textile factory and get paid about $12 each week. I distribute the pieces of shirts, shake out the clothes, and iron them. I save the money I make in order to buy Christmas clothes. My dad works at another factory and makes about $50 a week. But his drinking habit uses up a lot of money. My mom cares for our home and makes some handicrafts, which she sells for about $70 a month. I’d like to become an architect. My older sister had to stop studying because of a lack of resources. Our family doesn’t have our own house and we rent one for $40 a month. I want to study and walk a half a mile each way to get to school. Without a CoEd scholarship, I won’t be able to continue studying.

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