Ever had a dream that you desired to accomplish, but then an obstacle suddenly got in the way? How common it is that money is something that always seems to either cause pain or bring us the most happiness for the moment.
I was born & raised in Brooklyn NYC, around one of the busiest neighborhoods in this city being changed by gentrification. I remember growing up and being taught from when I was little that education is the most important thing ever and that an education is something that nobody can take back from you. How wonderful it is to know the beauty of knowledge, to experience the only one thing that I assure am so passionate of.
For once I wanted something of my own. I want to continue my studies but is this education really mine because soon I will have to pay for it and I cant afford to even be a full time student. At times, I couldn't even afford to eat lunch during school hours because I would have to worry about paying for transportation. Is this education really mine because sooner or later I will have to be paying it for the rest of my life.
I am a student at Parsons School of Design also known as The New School. I am a Fashion Design student. Parsons is the #1 school in America for Fashion Design and it comes in as #2 in the world. It had been a blessing to get accepted in this private University. When I got accepted, I didnt think of how much this financial burden will effect my life. I just completed my first semester, or well atleast half of one because I couldn't afford to be a fulltime student. This government is not such a great help either when it comes down to the educational system.
I am someone who struggled my whole life in school because there was always something that seem to distract me and It was extremely hard for me to focus. Sometimes I would catch myself waking up to reality from a deep stare. My family never understood what it was and I was never able to get diagnosed or anything like that. Sometimes I would say a whole sentence backwards without even noticing. School was so hard for me because all I could remember was like a stutter in my mind.
I've always been the creative child that didnt like to take nothing else if it wasn't art or cooking. I was always very passionate when it came down to designing. I thought that the struggles of getting my education had ended when I got my G.E.D but that was only the start of things. Besides the fact that I was attending Technical Career Institutes before getting accepted to Parsons, I was 2 classes away from getting my associate's degree & the college had closed down August 8, 2017 due to financial issues and I wasnt able to get my degree as they promised. Not only that I've lost 2 years of my life trusting the NYC board of education, no other schools was going to take my 61 college credits. I had to start all over again ! I even lost my job at Technical Career Institutes. I've always said that when I finished college at Technical Career Institutes, I was going to try to get into Parsons School of Design which I ended up doing. Parsons only accepted 15 credits out of 61.
After getting accepted to Parsons school of Design after hard work in making a wonderful portfolio, that's when I really thought all of my education issues had ended with a brand new start doing what I am passionate of... but now its financial issues. I am currently volunteering for the school hoping that they could hire me by next month since I begin classes again this August for the fall semester. I've never been the type of person to ask for money or donations because I've always worked for mine. I am here today because I really need your help. I am currently in the associates program for fashion Design which will total up to about $100,000+ for an education here and about $200,000+ for a bachelor's degree which Ive always wanted. Besides the cost of this school, I have to buy all of my materials separately. I'm still in need of atleast one mannequin, a sewing machine and many more supplies. Help me accomplish my dreams of becoming a successful designer by continuing my studies at Parsons. I am an artist, this is my purpose in life.
If you are reading this all the way up to here, I want to thank you for it & I will ask that if you cant donate please help share. I am grateful for a site like this that can help others in need too.
I will be posting images of my school and work.
Thank You all
God Bless You