Friday, May 27, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fwd: Thank You for Your Message

The White House, Washington


May 17, 2011

Dear Friend:

Thank you for writing.  Expanding access to higher education is critical to preserving the American dream and securing our future, and I appreciate your perspective.


Now more than ever, our success as a nation depends on an educated workforce and an engaged citizenry.  Once a world leader in college completion, America has slipped behind—only 40 percent of our young adults hold a college degree today.  I am committed to regaining our leadership in the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.


To meet this goal, we must open the doors of higher education to more Americans and support college access.  I have signed into law historic reforms to improve our Federal student aid system in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.  I am proud that this legislation, together with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, represents the largest investment in higher education since the G.I. Bill.  By expanding the Pell Grant program to include more students and ending wasteful subsidies to banks, we have made student loans and grants more reliable and efficient, increasing college affordability for millions of Americans, enabling hundreds of thousands of new students to receive grant aid over the next decade, and helping future borrowers better manage their student loan repayments as they build their careers.


My Administration has also worked to provide college tax credits to millions of students and their families, while simplifying the application process for student aid.  We are revitalizing our education system to help American graduates stay competitive in the 21st century.  By focusing on the goal of college completion, we will be able to equip more young people and adults with the high-demand skills necessary for essential and emerging industries.


To learn more about my Administration's plans for making quality higher education affordable, please visit:  Students or families seeking assistance in financing education can find resources at or


Barack Obama



Sunday, May 15, 2011

graduation party


! graduated yesterday with a B.S. in Urban Planning and Regional Analysis from Buffalo State! YEAH! 
It was a ton of hard work and dedication. I am really exhausted. I am so thankful for all of my friends, mentors, family, Joe, my cats, Lynne and everyone else who has helped me push along and get here. 


<3 Bernice

Monday, May 9, 2011

Graduation gift from my favorite California lady- Lynette!!!

Getting this in the mail really made
my heart ache in the best way. Lynette has been an amazing friend over
the last five years. She is one of my favorite people on the planet.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The lyth cottage

Today I went to the lyth cottage. This was just bought for a dollar by
matt ( seen in the picture)
The house is a real beauty. It's sad to see it is in such disrepair..
Or even worse to know there were two houses just like it that have
been torn down. It's a real gem.
Matt has a great, easy going attitude for the house and I think that
will work out well. In a time where it can seem daunting and crazy to
be renovating a house of this scale, he is hopeful and totally in love
with the situation. He even planted blue berry bushes! (third picture)
It is a charming house for a charming gentleman.
Good luck matt!!!