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Akenese Lealamanua
Name Akenese Lealamanua
Location Commerce, TX
Joined 382 days ago
Akenese Lealamanua
Did You Beat The Odds to Get Into College?
379 days ago

*Sigh* Hi Ms. Ellen,

I am not a ‘people’ person, I’m not good at socializing, talking, asking questions or anything from someone because I might say something wrong, and I try to handle things myself without asking for help. However, I have three more semesters left of school and I don’t know how I’m going to pay for my tuition. I’m Samoan, I attend Texas A&M University-Commerce and I’m not eligible for any financial aid. I have private student loans that covered the last two semesters and I have to figure out a way to pay for the rest. I also have a scholarship of $1,500 a semester which it’s not enough. I can’t get a job outside of campus unless it’s an internship program. I’ve applied to so many internship programs this summer but none was a success. I am the oldest in my family and the first one to attend college. I have always wanted to become an Accountant and it’s something I can only picture myself to be in the future. I may not be smart or the best student out there but I have so much faith and confidence in myself that I can do anything. I almost didn’t make it to school because of my student visa which took me two years to wait for it to be processed. I was told to stay and change my major to Education because it’s the only Bachelor degree offered back home but I don’t like it. So I took the risk of coming all the way here knowing I would have to face what I’m dealing with now. I have come this far and I cannot and will not quit. I can handle five classes every semester, I have a good GPA and that is something to me. I’m sure other students are going through the same situation and I know it’s hard but if there’s a way, if there’s a way Ellen you can help me please, it would be very much appreciated. I am not a U.S citizen or U.S national but I was raised academically in the American system in American Samoa and now in the U.S, and because of that, I cannot wait to get that degree so I can help give back something in appreciation of the support and knowledge I am now proud of.

I am such a huge fan of yours I would normally use my study hours at the library hiding someplace quite where I would cry and laugh without anyone knowing. You put a smile on everyone’s face every day Ellen and just for that, THANK YOU SO MUCH, it is what keeps me going. Thanks also to your employees (hey Andy) for doing such a marvelous job on preparing and putting up a good show. Thank you for reading this Ellen, may God bless you, your employees and of course your family. l.akenese@gmail.com

Akenese Lealamanua
Did You Beat The Odds to Get Into College?
380 days ago

*Sigh* Hi Ms. Ellen,

I am not a ‘people’ person, I’m not good at socializing, talking, asking questions or anything from someone because I might say something wrong, and I try to handle things myself without asking for help. However, I have three more semesters left of school and I don’t know how I’m going to pay for my tuition. I’m Samoan, I attend Texas A&M University-Commerce and I’m not eligible for any financial aid. I have private student loans that covered the last two semesters and I have to figure out a way to pay for the rest. I also have a scholarship of $1,500 a semester which it’s not enough. I can’t get a job outside of campus unless it’s an internship program. I’ve applied to so many internship programs this summer but none was a success. I am the oldest in my family and the first one to attend college. I have always wanted to become an Accountant and it’s something I can only picture myself to be in the future. I may not be smart or the best student out there but I have so much faith and confidence in myself that I can do anything. I almost didn’t make it to school because of my student visa which took me two years to wait for it to be processed. I was told to stay and change my major to Education because it’s the only Bachelor degree offered back home but I don’t like it. So I took the risk of coming all the way here knowing I would have to face what I’m dealing with now. I have come this far and I cannot and will not quit. I can handle five classes every semester, I have a good GPA and that is something to me. I’m sure other students are going through the same situation and I know it’s hard but if there’s a way, if there’s a way Ellen you can help me please, it would be very much appreciated. I am not a U.S citizen or U.S national but I was raised academically in the American system in American Samoa and now in the U.S, and because of that, I cannot wait to get that degree so I can help give back something in appreciation of the support and knowledge I am now proud of.

I am such a huge fan of yours I would normally use my study hours at the library hiding someplace quite where I would cry and laugh without anyone knowing. You put a smile on everyone’s face every day Ellen and just for that, THANK YOU SO MUCH, it is what keeps me going. Thanks also to your employees (hey Andy) for doing such a marvelous job on preparing and putting up a good show. Thank you for reading this Ellen, may God bless you, your employees and of course your family.