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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Marchante

Brahim Almarales: Students, “keep pushing on”

Updated: Jul 28, 2018

Michelle Marchante/News Director

Pursuing a degree can be complicated and expensive, but students have to “keep pushing on,” a Worlds Ahead graduate said.

Brahim Almarales, 22, a recent graduate with a dual degree in History and Philosophy, is the first in his family to get higher education and was recognized at his graduation ceremony for being “Worlds Ahead” in his journey to education.

A Bright Futures recipient, Almarales graduated with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude, but the road to graduation wasn’t always easy for him.

Through Bright Futures and the American Dream scholarship, he had a full-ride to Miami-Dade College for his first two years, he said, but that all changed when he transferred to FIU.

Even though he still had his Bright Futures, it wasn’t enough to cover his expenses.

“I love spending money, but at the same time I know the importance of saving it and I didn’t know I was going to be hit by such a big bill when I got to FIU,” Almarales said. “But, thankfully I had enough money to help me out at the beginning and then I kept working to continue paying it until the end.”

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