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My Breakthrough Experience

My name is Natalie and I live on the eastside of Austin with my little sister and my mom. I am a 10th grader at Austin High School, and with Breakthrough’s help, I am going to be the first in my family to graduate from college! I remember when I first learned about Breakthrough in the 6th grade at Martin Middle School. Breakthrough gave a presentation at our school on how they could help students get on the right path to college. I always had a dream of going to college, becoming a professional and being able to help my mom who has done so much for me. But before Breakthrough, I didn’t think my dream would come true. My grandparents are from Austin and so is my mom and none of them had ever made it past high school. My mom has always worked so hard but we live pay check to pay check. Honestly, I thought college was only for people who could afford it. Not for me. But when I learned from Breakthrough how it was possible for students, just like me to go to college, a spark was ignited inside me. Before Breakthrough, I used to think that no matter how smart I was or how hard I worked, that college was out of reach for kids from my neighborhood. Now, I feel like I can do anything. When I think about my future, there are two things I don’t know yet – what college I will attend and what kind of amazing career I will have. But there are two things I do know. I know my path will lead to a college degree and a better life for me and my family. And I know Breakthrough will be there by my side every step of the way.

Natalie, Breakthrough 10th Grader

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