Katelyn M

Insurance has quite literally given me everything I have ever had in life. Insurance is what makes my life abundant and full of fun memories. Insurance has given me vacations, food, and even my very own car. Well, insurance and my mom gave me all of those things.

When I was just eight years of age, my father passed away suddenly. It shocked my whole family and changed my life forever. Luckily, my family had insurance. You may not understand what I mean when I say all of these things, but it is all very true. When life left my mother, my brother, and I without a crucial member of our family, insurance ended up being the reason we had food on the table and our roof remained firmly above our heads. Insurance is the reason that, when the soles of our shoes got holes in them, we were fortunate enough to go out and buy a new pair.

My mother has worked for a health insurance company for the last eighteen years. The income that her job has given her for those eighteen years is the only reason that I have had the wonderful life that I have had thus far. My father, having had both a mental illness and trouble with alcohol abuse, very rarely kept a job for more than a few months at a time, and never contributed a steady income to our family. Insurance kept my family afloat.

Losing my father was the hardest thing I have ever been through, and I don’t know if my family could have gotten through it at all without the hard work of my mother and the blessing that is her job at that insurance company. Day after day, she wakes up early, makes her 45 minute commute to work, and works harder than anyone I have ever known, just to make the 45 minute commute back home at the end of the day and work again, but this time, for no money at all. When she gets home, she has every reason and every excuse to sit back, put her feet up, and be waited on hand and foot. But that, she never does. She comes home to take care of my brother and I, to make us dinner, and to make sure we grow to be good people who know to put others before ourselves, much like she does every day. She leads by example, to turn my brother and I into hardworking people, and she has taught us well.

Since I turned sixteen, I have managed to have a job, maintain higher than a 3.5 grade point average, and be an active member of a varsity team. I earn my own money, and pay for most of my expenses completely on my own. The most daunting of expenses being a college tuition. I will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for four years as an undergraduate student. Then following those four years, I will be attending graduate school in order to receive my Doctorate degree, which means three more years of schooling. That means that this is when all of the values I have learned from watching my mom work at that insurance company for years, come into play.

Insurance, and my mom, has given me all of the skills I need in order to succeed in this world. I work hard. I value the blessings that this life has given me, including my job, my love for writing, and especially my mother.

I have been blessed with opportunities in my life that many kids never receive, such as a private school education. At my high school, I met my best friends, my teammates, my role models, and teachers that would change my life forever. There, I was taught lessons in the classroom, and also lessons about life. I am eternally grateful for what that community did for me from grades seven through twelve. However, none of that would have been possible without both financial aid from the school, and my mother’s income. I would have never been blessed with that school if it wasn’t for insurance.

Insurance is the reason why I am able to have my own car to drive myself to school, work, voice lessons, and volleyball practice. Without insurance, I would have never been able to participate in the things I am most passionate about. Without insurance, I would not have that car to drive home to see my mom when I miss her after I move away to college. Without insurance, I would have never had the opportunities that I’ve had in order to make it to college. Without insurance, my family would have been left hopeless when I lost my father. Without insurance,my family would not have had food on the table, soles in our shoes, or even a stable roof over our heads.

Insurance has quite literally given me everything I have ever had in life.

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