For so many of us, part of the American Dream is going to college; it’s a rite of passage, of sorts. If you grew up in a household like mine, basically, there were two options for your future: college or the military. My mother raised five children all on her own and every single one of us either went to college or the military – or both! My mother, like countless other parents, never had the opportunity to go to college- she was one of nine siblings and they were all single-handedly raised by her father. Her dad simply couldn’t afford to feed and clothe them all and send them to college too. The fact that my mom didn’t get to go to college, was her motivation for sending us; like many American families, she wanted a better life for her children, and a college education held that promise.