#CollegeWishList

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Wait. How is this even a thing? 

Good question. Hi. I’m Sinclair.  A few weeks ago, I tweeted:

I also shared that on Instagram and Facebook. Eventually, my inbox was flooded.

Okay. Cool. But, like, why? 

I grew up working poor, and struggled while I was a college student back in 2005. I worked several jobs, was a Resident Assistant (free housing, yasss), and still spent one summer living off of turkey sandwiches. It wasn’t all bad, but I hated worrying about money. Sometimes, I didn’t buy books or supplies I needed. Sometimes I didn’t participate in events that were over a certain price point. Sometimes, I was just upset. School was expensive, and it hasn’t gotten any easier.

Years later, I went to grad school, and struggled again. I know I’m not the only one.

So, because I love Oprah and Ellen and all the philanthropist of the world, I wanted to find a way to give back and to help others have an easier time in college. Money doesn’t solve all your problems, but we know that we learn better and retain more information when we don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from. In addition to paying for food, there are so many college students who have to face the question of “Do I buy books this semester or should I just go for it?”

No one should have to worry about that.

Then, there are students who are unable to have their degrees released or return back to school because of a fee that they owe. Maybe they had to leave school because of a family emergency, maybe it was health related, there are a myriad of reasons.

What’s clear is that scholarships and grants are hard to come by, but we can all pitch in to help out someone else. This isn’t a cure all, but it’s helpful.

Which students are part of the #CollegeWishList project and what exactly do they need? 

So, after my inbox was flooded and after going back and forth with folks, we ended up with a solid list. In order to be a part of the project, each person needed to be 18+ years old, and couldn’t use the money to pay back loans. At the end of the day, we ended up with 20 college students from all over the country. I received stories and links to their Amazon Wish Lists containing their top five college supplies.

I also got to learn a little about who they are and what impact they hope to have on the world.

Their stories were touching, heartbreaking, and real. They all have different needs and situations. The grand total of all their Amazon Wish Lists was over $20,000.

What now? 

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by August 1, 2018.

If we meet our goal, each student will receive $3,000 which will be sent to each person via PayPal. They’ll also have every item on their Amazon Wish List purchased and sent to them. Sweeeeet! The remaining funds will be used for future college wish list projects. The stretch goal is the create a non-profit if all this works out. How dope would that be?

I wanna help, but I don’t have a lot of cash. So, what do I do? 

That’s cool. So often, issues seem so big and we feel like there’s nothing we can do. But, we can all help in some way. All you need is WiFi and a social media account.

Specifically, you can help us reach our goal by:

  1. Sharing this page on your social media profiles.
  2. Tag friends and family in the post.
  3. Donating $5. If you can, awesome. If not, that’s okay. You sharing this campaign is a SUPER BIG HELP!

Everyone who donates, will receive updates on the campaign as well as information about how the students used the funds for college. I can’t wait for that part.

Wow. Aight. So, who are these students? 

I thought you’d never ask.

The Students

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Ja’Naye White. Business with a concentration in Human Resources. Western Governors University. Lives in Houston, U.S.A. 28 years old. Pronouns: she/her.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student..

Favorite book? 

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?

Unique learning experiences, a large network of people to work with, and hopefully something at the doctoral level.

How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?

Loyal, resourceful, and creative.

What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Make sure that college is a part of your dream and not someone else’s.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
$3000 would immensely help me with my situation. Due to family circumstances, I live alone I am responsible for all of my expenses. For my age, this is not a unique situation, making it difficult for me to ask for help. I recently had to purchase a new car after my last one was totaled, completely depleting my savings for rent. When my next term for school begins in October I’m also going to owe money that I currently don’t have. My credit is also taking a hit because I’m robbing Peter to pay Paul since the car accident. Having to choose between paying rent and staying school was not a decision I anticipated having to consider. $3000 would actually wipe out the worry of having to make that choice.
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Benjamin Patton. Gerontology. Durham College.  Lives in Bowmanville, Canada. 23 years old. Pronouns: he/him.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student..

Favorite book? 

Scrubs on Skates

Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?

I will be seeking out a position in the field of aging and long-term care.

How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?

A good friend would say that I am a sincere and compassionate person, as well as a hard working individual.

What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Do not hesitate to actively seek help because you definitely will not be alone. Ask around campus about clubs you can join, supplies you can utilize, and fundraisers. etc.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
I am a university graduate with an undergrad degree in Kinesiology. After I volunteered for 4-5 months, I sought out a position in my field, but I have been unable to find anything related to my 4 years of study. I have taken the past year off to try and save enough money to pursue further education. However, I have only been able to save about $2000, which will not get me through all the expenses. For instance, my first year costs are $6,818, which does not take into account inflation and costs of textbooks. Even if I can manage my workload and a part-time job, I fear it will still be too costly in my current situation.

 

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Rachel Banks. Journalism. Arizona State University. Lives in Phoenix, U.S.A. 23 years old. Pronouns: she/her.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student..

Favorite book? 

Teacherman

Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?

I want to take my foreign service officer test and eventually work as an ambassador.

How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?

Brutally honest with a heart for the unfortunate.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Build a support system and never be afraid to seek out a therapist or medication. Professors most likely will not understand what you are going through, but if you find one you can be honest with set up a coffee date with them on a monthly basis.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
It’s difficult to be faced with professor after professor asking you, “Why are you here?” When you discover that your current path is not the path you want to be on during the final semester of your senior year, there is no other option but to trudge on and to pray that you will be able to continue your education in another profession. I have approximately $2,000 of debt from my last semester of school, which I finish in August, before I am able to apply to my Master’s program in the fall. $3,000 would help me in my current situation because it would allow me to feel that someone of importance believes that students who are on the wrong track can fix their future.
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Amanda Hoffman. Psychology. University at Albany, SUNY. Lives in Albany, U.S.A. 20 years old. Pronouns: she/her.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student..

Favorite book? 

The Vault of Dreamers

Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?

I hope that schooling and education will give me the stepping stones needed to eventually have my own private practice. First, I have to get through years of internships and practicum and school will provide the base to do those things. Eventually my private practice will help LGBTQ+ teens to adults with mental illnesses.

How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?

On a really good day a close friend would describe me as one of the happiest and kindest people that they know. I’d be spending more time helping others rather than doing things for myself, even if it’s something as simple as taking 5 minutes to do an interview with them for a class. On a really good day, I’m a social butterfly trying to see as many friends as I can in a day.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Find your support base. Whether it be through professors, organizations on campus, or friends that you’ve made. In order to get through college you really need to find those core people who are going to help you through anything and try to see where you’re coming from. But short term, take some deep breaths and evaluate your priorities.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
$3,000 would help in many different ways. I would be able to pay rent for 2 months which is $1,083, and be able to buy groceries with the remaining. I don’t know how much my textbooks are going to be yet but it could also help with that depending on how much I spend on groceries. Currently I’m working 2 jobs, both around 20-40 hours a week each. However, that doesn’t start until after July 13th so I’m really tight for money right now. This is putting me at a severe disadvantage for trying to save up money once college starts because I put my education first and I only work on the weekends after August 20th. This $3,000 would put me under a lot less stress financially to focus on working while not having to overdo it on hours and exhaust myself.
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Brandon Harrell. Musical Theater.  New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Lives in New Haven, U.S.A. 18 years old. Pronouns: he/him.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student..

Favorite book? 

The Rock and The River by Keekla Magoon

Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?

I hope that through my education I will graduate school well equipped with the tools to build and operate my own multi-media, and entertainment business. Along with this hope, I anticipate that my training will not only help me create a path to success, but also allow me to make an easy transition into the entertainment industry as an all around artist.

How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?

A close friend would say I am a very funny person, who never allows their positive spirit to be tainted by any negative environments.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
I would say “I know you feel like you failed, but you’ve got to believe and trust that things will get better, and they will. Success is birthed through failure. This struggle period is only meant to help you see what you’re doing wrong and learn from your mistakes. Its time for you to evaluate where you are and how you got there, so you can use the memory of what it felt like at the bottom to fight your way back to the top. Don’t get comfortable sitting on the floor when your mentally equipped with the tools to make a chair. Get up, dust yourself off and make the chair!”
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
I am going to be an incoming freshman in the Tisch drama department at New York University and I have been struggling to find ways to help pay for college. Recently, I’ve noticed that some educational goals and dreams aren’t very realistic for families in my financial situation. I live in a single parented low income household, which means my fafsa family contribution number is $0. Yet, as of right now I have to take out a roughly $33,000 loan toward a $75,000 overall bill, on top of having to purchase a new MacBook Pro, a new Camera for classes, and dorm necessities for school in the fall. I might have to add the technology prices onto the official loan amount so that I could pay for books with the money I make from my small summer job. I would be extremely grateful for $3,000; it would cover a large portion of my technology needs and dorm necessities. Anything towards my bill or the cost of technology would be a great help.
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Chelise Williams. Psychology. Brigham Young University – Idaho. Lives in Parker, U.S.A. 18 years old. Pronouns: she/her.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student..

Favorite book? 

The Outsiders
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I am hoping that my schooling and education will get me a Masters degree in Psychology. Once I get my masters I am aspiring to move onto being a Psychologist and work in a clinical setting (mental hospital). My goal is to change and save lives by being there for those that need mental support and help.

How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?

A close friend would say that I am very loyal and kind to others. I will never judge anyone. I am known for being completely non judgemental and accepting towards everyone regardless of their many traits.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Keep going. NEVER give up.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
I am 18 years old and about to start my second year of college. During my first semester, I met the love of my life. I was so grateful to have finally found my partner in life. We are getting married this summer before I go back to school. I am so extremely happy to be with my better half. Although, the financial hardship we are facing is almost unbearable. We need a college education in order to be self sufficient throughout our lives. We would never ask for help, but at this point in our lives, we really need it. We do not have a car and have to walk miles to our campus from the only apartment that we could afford. Because we both have high aspirations and are seeking Master’s degrees, our need for money is high. $3,000 would help us immensely. Most importantly, we need some sort of transportation. It is almost impossible for us to walk to the campus and back by the time we need to make it to our jobs. We are trying so so so hard to manage. We need help.

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Patrick King. Public Health. Brigham Young University – Idaho. Lives in Meridian, U.S.A. 21 years old. Pronouns: he/him.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

To Kill A Mockingbird
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I hope that my college education will get me to a point where I can support my soon to be wife and our future family. As the man in the family, I consider myself to be the provider and protector. I need to do just that for my family. I need a college education to get me to the point where that is possible. I am aspiring to be an occupational therapist and to change lives.

How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?

A close friend would say that I am selfless. I put others before myself because I believe that is what is most important. I see that the more I help others, the better I feel. I want to help other people as best I can. I never do enough for myself and feel that this is what I need in order to continue to provide for everyone else that I love.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
College does pay off. It is important to keep trucking along because it will pay back eventually.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
I am going to be getting married to the love of my life this August. We will then be heading back up to school in September. Our parents and family members are helping us so much with our wedding which we are SO grateful for. Although, we need help with school as well. We live too far from our campus because all on campus housing was too expensive for us to afford. Because of this, we have to walk to our classes and stay on campus all day. After that, we walk home to get food and then walk even more miles to get to our jobs. Our grades in school are falling short because we do not have enough time to do everything to keep up. This would help so much. We need some sort of transportation to help us get to our classes and jobs.
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Lucas Da Silva. Animation. Maryland Institute of Art. Lives in Baltimore, U.S.A. 20 years old. Pronouns: he/him.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

Dune
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I hope to get a job in the animation industry and someday direct my own series or animated film.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
They would describe me as fun, funny, and creative.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
To anyone struggling in college, the most important thing is to remember to take care of yourself, because you can’t do well in school if you can barely get out of bed or if you’re stuck in the hospital.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
This summer I’ve being going through treatment for cancer. My medical bills are piling up on top of my school debts and $3,000 would go a long way to ease the financial hardship my family and I have been going through all summer. With this money I could focus more on getting better and getting better for school in the fall.

 

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Ally Bahk. Digital Media. Reed College. Lives in Los Angeles, U.S.A. 19 years old. Pronouns: she/her.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

Crazy Like Us
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I hope that I can get my degree in digital media studio art at Reed. After that, hopefully I will either move on to concentrate more heavily on video editing at grad school (CalArts) or have a solid job/internship to transition into. I want my education to give me new and exciting opportunities, as well as networks.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
They would describe me as extremely passionate and driven about the things I love to do. They would say that I’m funny, compassionate, and have a really complex mind. They would say I am very unique and feel things very deeply.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
I would say to listen to what their gut feelings are. If you don’t think college is for you, and you’d rather go a different course in your life, then you should pursue that alternative. College isn’t for everyone, and college isn’t something you should force yourself to do.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
This money would help me be able to focus on my studies more, in lieu of having to work more hours during the school year. This money would help me pay for gas, especially. My need-based financial aid package covers about 96% of tuition, etc., and I am really lucky to have that aid. However, daily student-life expenses are still on the line, and I’m stressed out about having to balance work and school. This money would help with books, food, supplies, and travel expenses to and from home. Since I am a digital media major, I would also use this money to possibly buy myself a better-functioning laptop, as well as computer software (i.e. Adobe Creative Cloud).

 

 

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Genesis Lopez. Counseling and College Student Personnel. Shippensburg University. Lives in Paulsboro, U.S.A. 23 years old. Pronouns: she/her.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

The Glass Castle
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I hope that my schooling can get me into an University/College where I can make an impact on students that come from low income communities and have a diverse backgrounds. To serve as a role model to those students who come from similar backgrounds and might be struggling to find their place. To be their model of hard-work and dedication. Getting a degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel is beyond what I am learning, but how I can apply those tools in my career and pay it forward, to share those same tools with students so they can one day help themselves and do the same for others.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
My friends would describe me as passionate, energetic, determined, and someone who is dependable and flexible. A person who has a very compassionate and caring nature, who is always uplifting others around her. They would also say that I am wise for my age and have a heart full of love, and that you can always find me dancing to whatever sound there is around me!!
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
As someone who is currently struggling I Would say, do what YOU need to do to accomplish those things that make YOU happy. There is no other time then now! so stay focus and work hard. “Trust the process”, the stress would only be here for small period of time and long after that you’ll begin to see the fruits of your hard labor. Remember your purpose and who or why you’re doing this for and let it drive you!
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
As a current graduate student entering my Fall semester, it would be of great help to be able to pay my rent, books and school supplies.With $3,000 I could pay my rent for at least 6 months, along with the cost of books and supplies for the semester. Being able to at least have the stress of having my rent be payed for that amount of time, lifts a enormous weight off my shoulders, and can give me the piece of mind that I need to focus on my academic goal. Only being able to rely on a single parent through my college years has been hard for my mother as well as for myself. Being a child of an immigrant parent, I was taught the value of education along with hard work, and that it is one of the reasons I am in America today- just working hard for a piece of my dream!. Trying to be on my own and balancing bills and school has been a tough journey, and I know I have much more to travel, but I also know that It takes a village to raise a child. For myself It has taken more then that to carry me through my academic journey.

 

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Jahmila Smith. Sociology and Biology. Hofstra University. Lives in Bronx, U.S.A. 24 years old. Pronouns: she/her.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

The Happiness Project
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I hope that my education will create a foundation for me where I can use it to obtain my graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling. I hope to one day open a non-profit for girls of color surrounding mental health, self esteem, and empowerment.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
Bubbly, positive, and motivated.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Advocate for yourself and your needs, in all areas (academic, professional, personal). Talk to your professors, don’t let your pride stop you from getting the help you need if you’re struggling in a class. Don’t wait until the end of the semester to say that you need help. Also, utilize your career and counseling centers if your school has one. Put your mental health as a top priority, because you won’t be able to truly focus on your school work if mentally you’re disoriented, stressed, and tired.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
I graduated, last year May 2017. I walked May 2017 in the ceremony but had to stay and finish up two classes during the summer to officially get all my credits. I wasn’t able to take out a loan during the summer due to not having a co-signer, and I wasn’t able to pay out of pocket at the time. I finished my classes thankfully, and was able to go home. However, now I currently have a $7,000+ debt that I owe the school before they send me my degree, and also release any transcripts that I might need for future plans. Since graduating, after three months of unemployment, I secured a part time job working 3-4 days out of the week in a middle & high school. The organization is called Phipps Neighborhoods, uptown in The Bronx, NY area. I started to pay down some of this debt at the beginning of February, and have gotten a bit of help from my mother who I live with when she can but most of it falls on me and the monthly bill can be a lot, managing that with other living expenses and bills.

 

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Matthew Aydelotte. Psychology. Brigham Young University – Idaho. Lives in Caldwell, U.S.A. 22 years old. Pronouns: he/him.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

Eragon
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
A good job that will enable me to someday own a small house, hopefully support a family.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
Caring, witty, sarcastic, quick, genuine, funny.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Find a friend you can rely on, talk to your school’s disabilities program, see if they offer counseling! There’s NO shame in seeing a therapist.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
I have a neurological condition that has given me a permanent 24/7 headache, and frequent migraines which have made me unable to hold down any jobs other than occasional side jobs for kind family members. I rely almost entirely on scholarships and government grants to try and cover my schooling. I only had enough money to take 5 credits last semester, and only money for housing for 3 months. Any amount of money would give me home for more schooling, and being able to afford a place to live for longer than three months.

 

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Raychelle Sanders. Healthcare Administration. Austin Community College. Lives in Austin, U.S.A. 36 years old. Pronouns: he/him.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

The Alchemist
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I am transferring to the University of Texas at Austin to finish my Bachelor’s Degree and I will then become the administrator of a long-term care facility.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
A close friend would describe me as persistent and diligent.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
My advice to anyone struggling in school is to get help. Seek the assistance you need and don’t be embarrassed, and don’t give up!
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
Financial wherewithal is one of the key factors that determine whether or not a student will be successful in school. The money will cover the cost of tuition and books and will also allow me to put some back for the spring semester as I will transfer into one of the largest universities in this nation. In turn, I can work a little bit less so that I can focus more on my classes. As of now, I work 50+ hours a week in order to cover my bills.
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Natanne Nunes. Speech-Language Pathology. Loyola University Maryland. Lives in Yarmouth Port, U.S.A. 23 years old. Pronouns: she/her.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

Never Let Me Go
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I hope to one day be a bilingual pediatric speech-language pathologist. I’d prefer to work in a medical setting rather than a school setting so hopefully I’ll land a job in a children’s hospital.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
My friend would say I’m “overly” nice and friendly on a really good. I’m very loud and expressive – I cannot wear a poker face if my life depended on it. I’ve also been told I’m “too trusting” of everyone I meet.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Use your campus’s resources!!! Get tutors in your classes, consider switching your major if it’s not too late, go to the counseling center, find a club you enjoy! There are so many departments and people wanting to help you; just let them!! I know this because I struggled my first year and a half and then finally I sought out help and I completely changed my college career around.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
As it is right now, I was given $20,500 in federal student loans and have to take out at least $14,450 in private loans just to cover the portion of my tuition that I didn’t get covered ($9500) and my rent for the months I’ve be living in Baltimore ($550x9month=$4950). The Speech program is a full-time program, meaning we are in class on Mondays from 9am to around 6:30pm and in clinic Tuesday – Friday from 9am to as late as 6pm or 7pm. That means we don’t have much time to work a part-time if we are going to stay on top of our classwork and lesson planning. We are recommended to work no more than 2 nights a weeks, which means the money will probably barely cover food and gas, leaving me to take out loans for rent (which I’ve been told most Speech students do). In short, the $3,000 will help me pay part of my tuition so that I can take out a smaller private loan.

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Arjun Naganathan. Accounting and Radio, Television & Film. The University of Texas at Austin. Lives in San Antonio, U.S.A. 18 years old. Pronouns: he/him.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

The Outsiders
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
My career dream is to direct movies and one day use my success as a director to open my own production company. I want to balance this dream with a strong personal life because family means everything to me. Film making is a delicate balance between creativity and business, which is what my two majors reflect. I hope my schooling prepares me for both aspects of this incredible world.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
From afar, you might think that Arjun has it all figured out, but the truth is he doesn’t. He’s always figuring it out, questioning the ways he lives, achieves, and serves, constantly trying to find the best combination. The truth is, he’ll probably never find it. He knows that, and he’s OK with that because it’s so much better than leaving his life to chance and settling for what’s given to him.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Never forget the big questions. Why are you in college, what are your career goals, and what’s the kind of person you want to be? The answers to these questions might not always be clear but thinking about them relentlessly will give you clarity in what you need to do now. Keeping these questions in your head will give you constant motivation, and motivation is what will ultimately decide how hard you work, how focused you are, and how successful you will be.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
$3000 would help enormously with my current situation, and I need as much money as I can get. My family struggles to help pay for college, even with the financial aid I currently receive. We send money back to our grandparents who are ill. My mom is at risk of losing her current job because the company she works for just got bought out. And the income that our family makes is hardly what you’d consider upper class. To top it all off, my younger brother will start college in a year. Any amount of money, no matter the amount, would help me pay for the $1500 of books and supplies per year of college, the $10,000 in tuition, and the $9,000 in housing fees.

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Adamarie Shalid Marquez Acevedo. Animal Science and Global Resource Systems. Iowa State University. Lives in Ames, U.S.A. 21 years old. Pronouns: Adamarie Shalid.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

Eragon
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
Because I am part of the McNair Scholars program, my hope after graduation and completion of my two undergraduate degrees will be to continue furthering my education within graduate school. Currently, my professional goals are to use my agricultural knowledge and combine it with my social justice oriented leadership in order to create more inclusive and sustainable agricultural industry models. Specifically creating spaces within agricultural companies that treat immigrant labor with the dignity and compassion they deserve and empower said labor to reach their best potential. In addition, I hope to work within agriculture development within developing countries. In here I hope to, again, utilize my social justice oriented philosophy and build development strategies that are inclusive and sustainable.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
[I actually asked] According to my friend, they would describe me in the following manner: Kind, hard working, passionate, and an advocate. Another friend, one who I am very close with and has seen my development used one word to describe me, lover.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Find your community! If there is not one established, form your own! Community is one of the pillars that will carry you when you are ready to give up. They will empower you when you are feeling crushed and powerless and they will uplift you when you are carrying pain.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
Due to my amounting financial debt and medical bills, this scholarship would be the difference between me enrolling or not enrolling in school. Most of my income goes to pay my medical expenses, leaving me with little money to be financially secure as it relates to my university. In addition, I am not able to rely on my parents for support as they support my family in Puerto Rico while they recover from the impact of Hurracaine Maria. This leaves me with no support network that I can rely on financially and vulnerable to not completing school. This year, would be my last, therefore this scholarship will enable me to complete the educational curriculum I have worked so hard for.
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Pictured here: Devin Davis
Devin Davis. Sociology Anthropology w/ Criminal Justice Focus. Towson University. Lives in Jessup, U.S.A. 24 years old. Pronouns: Mr.

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

The Giver
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I hope schooling will get me into the field I love working in, Criminal Justice. I’m very passionate with that field along with many others, but this field in particular I love ALL aspects of it. Whether it be in a courtroom as a lawyer, or out on the field as an officer, I see myself excelling in the field of criminal justice.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
They would describe me as dependable, funny, outgoing, and hardworking on a good day and any day.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
Don’t Quit! Although things may be hard at the moment, struggling is only temporary! Nothing in life is easy, and every journey may have a bumpy road, but look toward your goal and vision to keep you going.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
$3,000 would help out tremendously with my current situation. The only thing preventing me from furthering my education is 2,000 dollars. I never would have thought money would hinder me in obtaining a goal such as completing school. I currently owe Towson University about 2,000 dollars in order for me to continue my education there or any other institution. I’ve always heard about people not able to finish school due to a fee and never thought this would happen to me. Things happen in life, that may throw one off course but its all about getting back on track to make a dream a reality. Graduating is my dream!

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Pictured here: Aicha Haddar
Aicha Haddar. Registered Nursing. Bunker Hill Community College. Lives in Boston, U.S.A. 25 years old. Pronouns: She/her

Here are a few things I learned about this amazing student:

Favorite book? 

Between the World and Me
Where do you hope your schooling and education will get you?
I am hoping my schooling and education will allow me to become a Nurse Practitioner, that way I can fulfill my dreams of opening a free healthcare clinic available to those in my community. I am hoping to eventually go for my Master’s and PhD specializing in Women’s Health.
How would a close friend describe you on a really good day?
My close friends would describe me as calm, collected. I have always been told that I am extremely patient, a great listener and well grounded. My closest friends would also describe me as always available to help, funny and quick witted.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling in college?
I would advise anyone who is struggling through college to never forget your purpose. If you have a solid purpose and reason, whether that be for your kids, family, future and career goals, to use that as fuel to keep going. Also, never be intimidated by what you don’t understand, if something doesn’t make sense today, try at it again tomorrow with a different approach and surely you can conquer. There’s no such thing as a stupid question – college has taught me to have tough skin and to speak loud and clear when I’m having trouble with anything, and I have always found a solution after speaking up. If you’re struggling with something, 9 times out of 10 so is someone else. So find those group study sessions, watch the YouTube Videos, meet with a tutor or your professor and NEVER be afraid to ask for help.
How would $3,000 would help you with your current situation?
My current situation would easily be alleviated if I was able to receive $3,000. That amount would be exactly enough to cover my tuition, malpractice insurance, books, and other required materials for this upcoming Fall semester. I was recently denied assistance for having exhausted my benefits for financial aid, and that could not have come at a worse time after losing my job earlier this year. I am still trying to catch up financially for that loss due to multiple overdue bill, and $3,000 would be the difference between going to school and being dropped from competitive Registered Nursing school program. It would allow me to sleep better at night knowing that I am able to continue my studies without any financial restraints. I love nursing and I am the best version of myself when I am in the classroom and in the clinical practice field. I love to help people and I cannot wait until the day fulfill my dream of opening a free healthcare clinic to serve the marginalized, under served, and forgotten people of my community and one day in other communities as well. This would help me move towards my goal of nursing and public service in taking care of my community.