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Why it may be a challenge for a Native American student to attend college is because of money. Many Native American families struggle with having/saving money to pay for and to attend college. Young teens also might be addicted to alcohol and drugs. This keeps them from attending school, getting good grades, learning, and graduating high school. Dropping out of school is also another example, with students who don’t have a role model, leader, or mentor that has actually finished school and gone to college in their family/life, puts them in a position where they don’t feel the need to finish/go to school; they don’t think that it is necessary or important. Depression can steer more teens away from college/high school because many probably have been traumatized, bad past, family issues, home life is horrible, etc. Many things can distract young Native American students from seeing school as a goal in life. No support at home, or in their community is also another reason why it is hard for Native American students to attend college. They don’t feel motivated, they haven’t seen an example of a good life from going to college.

I really enjoy our morning theater class with Rose, I feel more awake and I get to bond with the other students. I also liked listening to Lauren, Rose, and Bingo in our Cultural class. It really opened my eyes more towards my future, learning that every decision I make can really impact it. Our college application class also really got me thinking more about what specific college I would like to attend to in the future. I’m also more excited about New York City because that is where I want to go to school for astronomy and astrophysics.

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Going to college is important for me because getting degrees now-a-days, is the only way someone can really get through life. As in getting a good paying job, paying bills, for food, clothing, transportation, etc. Unless you’re famous. Getting a good education is also really important, your education can take you long ways, travel, explore new things. College also helps you meet new people, make new friendships, or relationships haha (where my parents met). Going to college can make your dreams come true, be who you want to be, do what you want to do. If you want to make a difference in your life or someone else’s, college can definitely help, like becoming a lawyer, surgeon, doctor, firefighter, etc. You can save someones life as a result of going to college if you really think about it.

Today was great. I learned a lot about genetics, my soul, and thought more about my life story.

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My full name is Michelle Samantha Polasky, I am from the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington state. I’m Lummi, Athabaskan and a quarter white. I’m very interested in Astronomy, I love star-gazing. The only sport I like is volleyball. I also love reading when I have the time. This is my second year coming to Pitzer, I first learned about this program from a nurse at our school. Since then, The Lummi Youth Academy has been very supportive about bringing more youth to the pipeline. I was interested in coming back to the program because of how much knowledge about other tribes, cultures and people I’ve learned. Today was our first day and I thought it was fun, I enjoyed the icebreakers and getting to know the new students this year. I’m very excited for the rest of the program.