any rags to riches stories - page 7

I'm looking for inspiration. Currently a cna in an impoverished neighborhood waiting to take my nclex. My only dream is to move me and my children out. I was wondering if anyone had a pretty hard... Read More

  1. by   CardiacUnderground
    I see that this thread is a few years old and I'm hoping you got your "riches" ending! Growing up my parents were upper middle class, generating about $200k a year between the two of them. So I had a very comfortable life up until college. Now I am 25 and I have a 2 year old son. Up until nursing school I was a Starbucks barista and made about $300 bimonthly paychecks which all went to the cost of babysitters. My child's father worked at a restaurant as a line cook and we were very poor. I have $30k in student loan debt from my undergraduate degree, $4k in credit card debt from utility bills and received food stamps and state Medicaid. We live in a tiny two bedroom apartment in a horrible town, we have no yard for our child to play in, our neighbors smoke crack next door and our downstairs neighbors are drunks. My boyfriend has quit his job as a line cook and with the help of my dad he now works in a union making okay money. We no longer receive assistance. I have 2 more semesters of school and I study my ass off because I know this is our "big break". I remember when I found out I was pregnant I sobbed in the WIC office because the interviewer asked me "Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Do you have food available?" And I did not. I lost weight while pregnant because I was too poor to buy food and had not applied for assistance yet. I've seen people complain on here before that nurses don't make good money and it makes me laugh. Clearly nurses make good money when you've spent the last two years counting quarters to buy toilet paper and prioritizing which bills can be paid late. I dream of the day I can buy a house with a yard for my son to play in. I dream of the day I can buy a 4 wheel drive car to get to work while it's snowing. When I can pay a bill and it not deplete my bank account. To me those are "riches". 2 more semesters........... that will be my rags to riches story. I will never forget what it was like to be poor and I make sure I never judge people for their situations. Good luck to you and I hope things are well