What’s holding you back?

These college students worried something would hold them back, but they made it. See how.

My father did not want to help me.

My father did not want to help me.

Student: Stephanie
Year in college
Junior
Major
Nutrition
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
I’ve never met anybody who’s judged me.

I’ve never met anybody who’s judged me.

Student: Andrew
Year in college
Senior
Major
Anthropology
Family income
Over $80,000
People are willing to help if you ask them.

People are willing to help if you ask them.

Student: Alex
Year in college
Senior
Majors
Accounting and finance
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
I went to school for practically nothing.

I went to school for practically nothing.

Student: Kwame
Year in college
Sophomore
Majors
Political science and prelaw
Favorite musician
Stevie Wonder
I stayed close to home so my parents could visit.

I stayed close to home so my parents could visit.

Student: Jonathan O.
Year in college
Junior
Major
Economics and political science
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
I’m proud to say that I’m doing very well.

I’m very proud to say that I’m doing very well.

Student: Annaesia
Year in college
Sophomore
Major
Accounting
Family income
$10,000–$20,000
It pretty much gave me a full ride.

It pretty much gave me a full ride.

Student: Adam
Year in college
Senior
Major
Aerospace engineering
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
I wanted to be a teacher.

I wanted to be a teacher.

Student: Kriste
Year in college
Junior
Major
Early childhood education
Family income
$60,000–$80,000
It hits you at once.

It hits you at once.

Student: Brandon
Year in college
Junior
Major
Medical sociology
Family income
$60,000–$80,000
Money is out there to help you—just look.

Money is out there to help you—just look.

Student: Jonard
Year in college
Junior
Major
Business economics
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
I just assumed I wasn’t going to go.

I just assumed I wasn’t going to go.

Student: Imani
Year in college
Senior
Majors
African-American Studies and English
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
I was intimidated since I was undocumented.

I was intimidated since I was undocumented.

Student: Gabriela
Year in college
Junior
Major
Biochemistry
Family income
Under $20,000
When I was a junior, I was expelled.

When I was a junior, I was expelled.

Student: Cesar
Year in college
Junior
Major
Finance
Current job
Owns a construction business
It was stressful but rewarding in the end.

It was stressful but rewarding in the end.

Student: Alexandra
Year in college
Senior
Major
Psychology
Family income
$40,000–$60,000
I was a quiet freshman but now I'm outgoing.

I was a quiet freshman but now I'm outgoing.

Student: Charlinda
Year in college
Junior
Major
Sociology
Family income
Under $20,000
Everything was in fine print.

Everything was in fine print.

Student: Ashlee
Year in college
Sophomore
Major
Art
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
Leaving the reservation is a huge step.

Leaving the reservation is a huge step.

Student: Aaron
Year in college
Freshman
Major
Biochemistry
Family income
$50,000–$75,000
I had to deal with a lot all at once.

I had to deal with a lot all at once.

Student: Mo’Nique
Year in college
Sophomore
Major
Premedicine
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
I don’t really put myself out there a lot.

I don’t really put myself out there a lot.

Student: Rosanne
Year in college
Junior
Major
Biology/premedicine
Family income
$40,000–$60,000
I wasn’t sure what to do.

I wasn’t sure what to do.

Student: Giovanni
Year in college
Freshman
Intended major
Psychology
Income
$10,000–$20,000
I have a good chance of becoming more stable.

I have a good chance of becoming more stable.

Student: Jonathan W.
Year in college
Sophomore
Major
Air traffic control
Family income
$20,000–$40,000
I didn't know what I wanted to do.

I didn't know what I wanted to do.

Student: Elijah
Year in college
Sophomore
Major
Criminal justice
Family income
$20,000–$40,000