In the grand scheme of things, the proposed graduate education tax may not rank at the top of horrible actions by this administration. But it is absolutely part of my story. I am a Latinx child of an immigrant (at one time undocumented) factory worker. I, myself, was a high school dropout and overcame a history of substance abuse.
What pulled me out of the downward spiral was access to higher education with financial aid. I started with community college, transferred to university, then taught special education full time throughout my master’s program (while also raising two small children).
Continuing education has allowed me access to a stable life and career. My next step includes pursuing my doctorate this coming year.
I will do all I can to fight this policy and make sure that everyone, regardless of their past or adverse childhood experiences, has access to education and training and an upward path in life.