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Anonymous:Please help me edit this ! This is super important to me and I want to get it right!
To the Financial Aid Committee:
My name is Jxxxxxxx and I am a freshman student here at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. In the last few years, there have been several events take place that have affected my performance as a student. In September of 2006 my close friend and roommate committed suicide in the house we shared. This was followed by the death of another friend and the severe injury of my best friend in a car accident six months to the day later. Then little more than a year after the car accident a close friend who had been paralyzed in a pool accident passed away. This had a horrible psychological effects on me leading me to seek medical help in dealing with my grief. Also my father was diagnosed with late stage hepatitis C and for some time was in and out of the hospital in very poor health, having to receive blood transfusions. My father and I are very close, so obviously this diagnosis upset me deeply. I have spent a considerable amount of time taking care of and helping my father. Added to all of this, is the fact that I had an engagement called off eight weeks before the wedding. I have gone through a lot of time and a lot of healing to work out these problems and to get myself back on track.
Another major issue I have had is that I have been going untreated for my learning disability since 2004. I have not been re-evaluated for attention deficit disorder as an adult, which I feel has been a major mistake on my part. I am currently in the process of trying to find a good doctor to deal with this issue. I feel that with appropriate treatment and advice that A.D.D. will no longer affect me in this manner, which is why treatment will be sought and started before returning to school.
However, I would like the true focus of this letter to be on personal changes and growth that I have gone through that I feel will make me a successful student in the event that my financial aid is reinstated. I feel that in the past when attending school I did it out of a sense of obligation to others and therefore could not maintain the appropriate level of focus. Since this time, I have learned to live on my own and support myself, have held jobs, and even saved enough money to pay for one semester at Texas A&M Commerce in an attempt to display my new found dedication and determination to be in school. It really took time in the “real world” to discover the value of an education, something that I unfortunately took for granted in the past. At this point in my life, there is nothing more that I want than to be a college graduate from Texas A&M University Commerce, a goal that I will not be able to achieve without financial aid.
I would like to genuinely thank you for taking the time to consider my appeal.
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Anonymous:I think your letter is wonderful & I am sorry for all of your pain you have endured- Stay strong!
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