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How I Finished College without a Single Book!

Updated on July 31, 2012

Some people may say this is impossible! How can she finish school with no textbooks? Well, let me tell you a little bit of my story.

I recently had to start over. I was recently put in a situation where I chose to start over. I have two small children to take care of, so I relocated to make my cost of living easier. I only had about 6 credits left to complete what was required for my degree of choice. The college that I transferred to required that you have at least 16 credit hours with them in order to graduate from this institution. Well this was a big setback. How was I supposed to take 16 credit hours and still take care of my children properly. Oh, but I was determined! I was determined to do whatever I had to do to earn my degree and make a better life for my children. This is where I became more interested in online classes. You can learn more about this from my article How to Manage Your Online Classes.

I knew I had to be very careful about taking 16 credit hours. I was already on a tight budget and I already knew I wouldn't be able to afford all of my books that were required (some of them over $200) So this is where my quick and smart thinking came in. I knew that the world wide web could be a very valuable resource, so I began to search and see if there were any free downloads of the books and editions I needed. I was in luck because had two of the books I needed already downloaded and ready to read to collect notes from. This is a sharing website so all I had to do was download some notes from my old classes that I had saved on my usb onto the website and the books were there for me throughout the whole semester. *tip: If you sign in with facebook, you won't have to download any material to the website.

I still needed two more books. I am very frugal and I will work extremely hard to save a dollar. During my second search I found This is a website where people come to make flashcards for their classes. I didn't want to feel as if I was stealing someone else's hard work from taking notes. This is when I found out that this is a sharing website also. I shared some of my old Sociology notes and some of my old History notes so that I was able to access other notes. I shared as much as I could because I realized that these were people that were in my predicament and were trying to save money on books.

I only had one book left to get. But, I ended up not having to get that book after all. It was my math book. I received a little financial aid to my surprise and only needed to pay for my math lab which my financial aid paid for. In my math lab, it already had videos and practice math problems from textbook I needed. It was truly a blessing! It was an online class like all of my other classes, so all of my test, quizzes, and homework were done and turned in through the math lab.

I am living proof that if you want something bad enough and you continue to reach towards your goals there is nothing that can hold you back from getting there. NOTHING! I hope this is encouragement to someone who wants to start school or finish school and you don't have enough money. Be creative. Think outside the box. I'm proud to say that I am the first college graduate in my immediate family and now I'm continuing the journey to make a better life for my kids and I. Thanks for reading.


*Mcgraw-Hill offers short summaries of Chapters in their books and interactive materials. They also offer quizzes to help you with notes. (Just make flashcards from the quizzes)

* No matter your income, never think that you make too much to receive
Financial Aid. Even if you think that you won't get any help, go ahead and fill out the application. You would be surprised how much just a little bit helps! You'll never know if you don't try.

*If you're looking for more money for school after you have applied for Financial Aid, read my hub titled Top Scholarship Websites.

*When searching for information, keep re-wording your search phrase to find all the possible help you can.

* "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again! Don't give up so easily. If you really want something, it shouldn't be a task to go after it, it should be an interesting, exciting, and fun journey.

Good luck and follow your dreams!


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    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you!

    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      Congratulations. Voted up!

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you MillionaireTips!

    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 

      4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your graduation! And congratulations on being so resourceful and persistent in finding these books you could use for free.

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks CrazedNovelist! You can do it too. Thanks so much for the well wishes.

    • CrazedNovelist profile image

      A.E. Williams 

      6 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Very interesting, Gee... congrats on finishing college!! I bet you're jumping up and down. I can't wait until I go back and finish... *sigh*. Best of luck!


    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks everyone! I try to help anyone I can. I know how stressful it can be paying for college. I just wanted others to know there is hope. Thanks for even more inspiration Brittanie2216, ConservativeLady, and PWalker281. I'm glad I could be helpful.

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      6 years ago

      These note-sharing sites are brilliant! I had know idea students were doing this, but with the Internet, just about anything is possible. It's also an example of a future based on cooperation instead of competition.

      Very well written. Thanks for sharing this valuable information. Voted up, across, and shared.

    • Conservative Lady profile image


      6 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Mommoegee - what an inspirational hub - I love a positive story. You have made some positive changes for yourself and your children. It is awesome that you shared these very useful tips for other struggling students as well. Way to go!

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      Brittanie Pervier 

      6 years ago from Seattle WA

      Wow this is inspiring great info!

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you big sis! I love you!

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      6 years ago

      Just brilliant sister I am so very proud of you!


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