Since the day I was born, I have enjoyed story-telling. My first memories are of
my father spinning me tales, as I nodded off. Every night I traveled back in time
through his stories. I learned of Nero's sadistic burning of Rome, Adolph Hitler's
maniacal reign, and Sojourner Truth's brilliant speech.

All elements of our historical
heritage, for which I have great affection.
When I was quite young, my father purchased our very first computer. Through
his hobby, I grew to love the technical side of the world in which we live. Through the
years, we have owned many computers and they each taught me something new. Due
to these two loves, I have chosen to double major in history and computer science.

"Jewel, you have to make it. I want you to finish what the rest of us have
started. You must finish college," my grandmother has stated to me many times. No
one in my family has completed a four year degree. It is my intent to blaze a trail for
my posterity, as also is my grandmother's ambition.

As long as I can remember it has been my fondest dream (and my furthest goal)
to attend college. From the beginning, I knew it would be an uphill climb to gain
admission into a prestigious university. Lately I have realized I cannot reach my
dreams alone. I need assistance financially. Through applying for financial aid, I am
able to alleviate this need.

I sincerely hope that you will seriously consider my