dalesofourlives submitted:

I support Obama because my parents are public school teachers. I know firsthand that teachers are some of the hardest-working individuals out there, and they don’t have the salaries to prove it. My older sister recently went to college to earn an English degree. While she received a scholarship, it’s taking a huge toll on our family’s funds for her to be able to learn the skills to start working in a field she’s passionate about.

My parents have always told me that college is important, but they wouldn’t be angry if I didn’t go. It’s seeming more and more like not going to be the case, unless by some miracle I can earn a full scholarship somewhere. I’ve wanted to work in human rights for a long time, and the news that college may no longer be an option is really weighing me down.

Supporting Obama is one of the most effective ways I can think of to make college a possibility for me again. I can’t do what Mitt says and simply “borrow money from my parents”; it’s not an option and I view it as a joke, frankly. Obama’s student loan reforms would help my sister and I immensely, as well as my parents. My mom and dad are the two most important people in my life, and I work for them 24/7. If there’s one less thing for them to worry about, life is a lot easier.

nicoledelioncourt submitted:

Hello, this is Nicole again. I had written to you about a month or so ago regarding why having financial aid is so important to me.
I am just here to say hello again, and to let you know that I had recently completed my 2012/2013 FASFA, finished up two more classes, and have started a new quarter and classes at school. Once again I want to thank you and your administration for trying to help students like myself who without student loans would never have been able to afford to go to a university.
Ps. My daughter Iris also says hello. She also wants you to know that she is starting first grade next Monday, and that when she’s an adult, she wants to go to school to learn how to film movies :’)

Hello again, and good luck to you both with school. (We expect we’ll be saying we knew you when.)

nicoledelioncourt submitted:

Hello, this is Nicole again. I had written to you about a month or so ago regarding why having financial aid is so important to me.

I am just here to say hello again, and to let you know that I had recently completed my 2012/2013 FASFA, finished up two more classes, and have started a new quarter and classes at school. Once again I want to thank you and your administration for trying to help students like myself who without student loans would never have been able to afford to go to a university.

Ps. My daughter Iris also says hello. She also wants you to know that she is starting first grade next Monday, and that when she’s an adult, she wants to go to school to learn how to film movies :’)

Hello again, and good luck to you both with school. (We expect we’ll be saying we knew you when.)

em-grace:

barackobama:

linkhs:

barackobama:

Support the President with a $10 donation before midnight, get this rad car magnet. Win/win.

Yeah man, I can spot you ten bucks. You only gave me MY ENTIRE HEALTH INSURANCE AND EDUCATION.

Comment of the day.

I don’t know, you are only the first President to acknowledge that my friends should be allowed to get married. You made it possible for them to serve the country. You made sure that I’ll have health insurance when I graduate from college. I’m not buried in debt. My health insurance company has to tell me how much of my premium goes to patient care. You added 4.6 billion dollars to the Veteran’s Administration so that this country’s defenders can receive mental health care. You eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers. You established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. You signed financial reform allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay. 
Surely that’s worth a 20?
You’ve had my back, now I’ve got yours.

Comment of the day, part the second. 

em-grace:

barackobama:

linkhs:

barackobama:

Support the President with a $10 donation before midnight, get this rad car magnet. Win/win.

Yeah man, I can spot you ten bucks. You only gave me MY ENTIRE HEALTH INSURANCE AND EDUCATION.

Comment of the day.

I don’t know, you are only the first President to acknowledge that my friends should be allowed to get married. You made it possible for them to serve the country. You made sure that I’ll have health insurance when I graduate from college. I’m not buried in debt. My health insurance company has to tell me how much of my premium goes to patient care. You added 4.6 billion dollars to the Veteran’s Administration so that this country’s defenders can receive mental health care. You eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers. You established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. You signed financial reform allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay. 

Surely that’s worth a 20?

You’ve had my back, now I’ve got yours.

Comment of the day, part the second. 

(via emilydoesthething)

beardedmanchilddd submitted:

I was born into the lower middle class, and have been there my entire life. I have 3 older siblings who all began getting into legal trouble at a young age. Any savings my parents had went to help paying off their court fines.

My dad was laid off when I was young and my mom worked 3 jobs to keep food on the table. Although my dad ended up finding work eventually, we never really fully recovered from the financial blow.

Halfway through my senior year, my dad died, leaving my mom and I with no savings. College seemed like it was out for me. That’s when my guidance counselor informed me of Financial Aid and Student Loans to help me cover the cost of tuition. Thanks to the loans, it helps me pay my tuition, books, and I have money to afford to live during the school year.

I’m investing in my future by taking out these loans, and if the interest rate is doubled, I’m going to be like my parents—working hard with nothing in return. I’m going to college to avoid that. I thank Obama for his efforts in keeping interest rates down for student loans—without him on my side, I don’t know how I’d be able to afford schooling.

Student loan interest rates go up in 6 days if Congress doesn’t act. Tell them to get to work.

nicoledelioncourt submitted:

When I was in high school, I fell pregnant with my daughter. My main concern about our future wasn’t worrying about my own spare time—it was the fear that I might fail her due to my age. Regardless, I worked very hard and graduated from high school (early, in fact!), working as a babysitter, and taking care of her as a single mother. Soon after graduating at seventeen, I looked into colleges and at first was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to further my education because of the cost.
After receiving my acceptance letter from the private college of my choice, I spoke with a financial aid adviser and told her about my concerns. From there she educated me about grants and loans, and I felt so happy I could cry. Now, several years, classes, and jobs later I am less than a year away from my degree.
Student loans are the only reason I am able to afford college, and have drastically improved mine and my daughter’s lives. I am hoping that after I am done with my degree, that I will be able to open up my own portrait studio, and not only be a contributing member of our great nation, but also make my daughter proud and give her a great life.
So thank you, President Obama for looking out for students like myself; to have given me the opportunity to just be a mother and not just the horrible stereotype that a lot of young mothers turn out to be due to limited resources; and more importantly have given my angel Iris the chance at a great life I originally feared wasn’t possible.
A photo of the angel you and your administration have helped; here is Iris at six years old, happy, healthy, intelligent, loving, beautiful, and eager for the future.

nicoledelioncourt submitted:

When I was in high school, I fell pregnant with my daughter. My main concern about our future wasn’t worrying about my own spare time—it was the fear that I might fail her due to my age. Regardless, I worked very hard and graduated from high school (early, in fact!), working as a babysitter, and taking care of her as a single mother. Soon after graduating at seventeen, I looked into colleges and at first was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to further my education because of the cost.

After receiving my acceptance letter from the private college of my choice, I spoke with a financial aid adviser and told her about my concerns. From there she educated me about grants and loans, and I felt so happy I could cry. Now, several years, classes, and jobs later I am less than a year away from my degree.

Student loans are the only reason I am able to afford college, and have drastically improved mine and my daughter’s lives. I am hoping that after I am done with my degree, that I will be able to open up my own portrait studio, and not only be a contributing member of our great nation, but also make my daughter proud and give her a great life.

So thank you, President Obama for looking out for students like myself; to have given me the opportunity to just be a mother and not just the horrible stereotype that a lot of young mothers turn out to be due to limited resources; and more importantly have given my angel Iris the chance at a great life I originally feared wasn’t possible.

A photo of the angel you and your administration have helped; here is Iris at six years old, happy, healthy, intelligent, loving, beautiful, and eager for the future.

themedusa submitted:

I was an unexpected child born to two teens. My mom went back to get her GED when I was five and my dad got on at TWA. It seemed that things were going well and we moved into a house in a safer part of town and one more room to accommodate our family’s new addition, my sister. After 9/11, my dad was laid off and was unemployed for almost an entire year. My mom had to give up her love of hairstyling and get a “real” job working the phone lines of an insurance company. Several family tragedies later and years of trying to keep our house and my parents trying to work out their now-abusive marriage, my parents finally divorced, filed for bankruptcy, and our house was foreclosed on. I spent months living with relatives and hopping from bed to bed (often couch to couch) until I was able to land a job and move out on my own.

I took a chance when I chose to attend one of the best schools in St. Louis. I graduated high school with a 4.2 GPA and felt that I deserved to go to a good school, even if it meant paying for it. I received one of the highest academic scholarships offered, but it still wasn’t enough to cover everything. Federal and state grants have allowed me to get the most out of my education and return every year with lower debt than I could have ever expected. Because of the aid I’ve received, I’m even going to be able to study abroad next year!

And sure, I work 40 hours a week at 19 years old and I’m taking the maximum credit hours available per semester, but I’m loving every minute of it! I know that I’m ultimately a harder worker and better person because of these grants and I feel that finally, finally all my hard work is paying off!

Needless to say, I’m proud that my first vote cast in a presidential election will be for President Obama because I know that he’s looking out for people like me.