This is a long shot, but I have a kind-of complicated situation that I need advice on, if anybody has experienced something like this, or has any information that could help me out.
At 16, I graduated and enrolled at Sierra College which is a community college here in California. I signed up for 4 classes, with a total of probably 12 units. I went to my classes for a couple of months. Never dropped them, but did not complete them, and never went back to school.
Now, 4 years later, I would really love to apply to a four year college, Mills specifically. The problem is, I don't qualify as a first year student or a transfer student at ANY four year college. I am neither. The only possible way for me to go back to school is if I first go to a community college.
Is there any possible way around this? I've called and asked Sierre College if there was any way I could somehow have my failed classes expunged from my record, and I was told there is Academic Renewal, but to qualify, I must attend Sierra for a certain amount of time in good standing. Or I must show that at the period in time in which I failed my classes I was undergoing hardship, which she described as "like a prolonged stay in a hospital, or a death in your immediate family."
When I dropped out of college, I was 16, in an abusive relationship with a drug abuser, my mother was abusing drugs, as was her live in boyfriend, I was kicked out, did not have a stable place to live, worked full time at at least 1 job, at many times 2 or 3... Would this be considered hardship? I mean, i would definitely consider it hardship, but it doesn't quite line up with hospitalization and death...
If I can't get the classes removed from my record, is there any alternate way I can apply for a school? I've been looking into this a lot, and haven't come up with much. Just kind of brainstorming, any ideas would help.