Amid the student debt crisis spanning across the country, the dream to attend college – especially for first-generation students – is becoming more difficult to achieve. With access to scholarships, proficient financial literacy and opportunities through a connected network, there are ways to make that dream more approachable for students from families with resources. However, for students in poverty, those opportunities are harder to gain when they start their college search.
In “Diminishing Dream,” Cierra Austin, a talented musician with dreams of becoming an orchestra teacher shares how she’s navigated the road to higher education and the setbacks she’s experienced along the way.
“I have learned that the spirit of resilience and strength is in all of us,” the Southeast Community College freshman said about the power and connectedness this piece speaks to.
Austin is still working toward attending a four-year university and in “Diminishing Dream” she shares the struggles she has met in taking the next step for her future.
Poverty: Not a Choice is a special Nebraska Loves Public Schools video series featuring the stories and talent of Nebraska Youth in Poetry. Directed by Patsy Koch Johns, performed by Nebraska students and inspired by true stories of students facing poverty in Nebraska, each segment in this series explores the day-to-day realities faced by public school kids who are living in poverty across the state.