Hello all 💗
I’m writing to you guys today with the grounds of feeling particularly hopeful, but of course, painfully anxious for my academic future. I truly see you all as beautiful and empathic people, who are dedicated to my page, and this is the one reason why I feel even the slightest bit comfortable coming to you all right now.
As I’ve said before, my mother passed just this May after suffering, and not recovering, from a severe cardiac arrest. What I didn’t say is that my family is struggling quite severely. It has gotten to the point where my father has suggested me taking a year off from university because at this point, it truly isn’t something we can even dream to afford.
With my mother’s passing, as well as the loss of her income, there’s no way we can bear the expense of on campus housing, and because I go to school in Chicago, and that’s 2 hours away from where I live, it isn’t even possible for me to commute from home.
As it stands, if I would like to stay in school in the pursuit of my bachelor’s degree, my only real option is to opt for off-campus housing, and subsequently rent an apartment.
This still isn’t completely feasible without my mother still here, and you all know how “helpful” our friends Fafsa can be.
With the price of rent and my tuition looming over my head, I’ve reasoned that because my father has two other children to care for, this is something I need to work for on my own. As of right now, I’m picking up a second job, but it’s still nowhere near enough.
Because of all this I have finally convinced myself to create a gofundme and admit to myself that I need help. I’m coming to you guys to simply ask for just that. I couldn’t survive without school. Loyola has been this beautiful home away from home for me for the past year, and it’s an environment that I feel truly enriches my pursuit of happiness, education, and success. I’ve met so many amazing people (like my best friend Joce, hey Joceyyyy), manifested important connections, taken classes that I’ll never forget and always appreciate, and have joined organizations that I honestly feel I can make a significant difference in (shout out to BCC, the Black Cultural Center ❤️🖤💚). I’m now on the Black Cultural Center’s e-board, elected as their Publicity Chair. I’d hate to bail on them, and the plans I had for an organization I care so much about.
Aside from my family, it’s honestly the only thing I have left, and it means the world to me. It’d be a true blessing to still be able to stay.
I’ve provided the link to my gofundme here.
Anything you can give would not only be immensely appreciated, but remarkably life-changing.
Sending all my love,
Ya fav Sagittarius, Mena