WHAT IM RAISING MONEY FOR: I have been accepted at Temple University in Japan. It is a Tokyo based American School. To get a student visa I require 3 million yen or about 30,000 dollars to get into Japan. The deadline for the visa applicaton is October 1st. My current job will not pay nearly enough and any scholarships I may recieve will not be in time. If I do not raise the funds I will not be able to go to school.
ABOUT ME: As of 2013, I became a Kung Fu Master. For one year I trained at a martial arts academy in Yantai, China. My goal was to completely immerse myself into Chinese culture, redefine my life and finally focus on a future. Shaolin Master Shi Xing Xin took me as his student and showed me how to reach these goals by teaching me to be disciplined and determined in everything I pursue in life. It was through his instruction and leadership that I earned the Excellent International Student Award for 2012 and 2013. When I first entered college, I lacked the responsibility required to handle the coursework. If I continued like that, I would not achieve my career and educational goals. I received a job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a mechanic to save money until I was ready for college. While working there, I enrolled in the Helper and Apprenticeship program, allowing me to continue my college education through, what I felt to be, a practical and immediately applicable career-related college courses. After completing the program, I began my journey to China. All culminating in me returning to college more motivated than ever to complete my Associates degree. After some time, my master asked me about my future aspirations. He listened as I rambled about my love of Asian cultures and how, with the experience I had received in China, my career goal had emerged into teaching English. My Master indulged my interests and set me up with a job as an English tutor. He established classes where I could assist the translators at our academy in developing their English skills. After receiving this teaching experience, seeing the joy in teaching, I finally felt prepared to succeed as a "college student." In order to be a truly effective educator, foreign or abroad, I need not only experience but the educational background to make a true difference in the lives of my students.
MY SCHOOL: Temple University of Japan provides a unique opportunity that I am incredibly excited to be a part of. Studying for my Masters in Education here will allow me to become completely immersed in Japanese culture, a qualification that furthers my abilities to teach in-country. Because of my experiences at this point, too, one assurance that I and the university can have is in my long-term success. I have volunteered for Special Olympics basketball, was quickly elected as class leader and represented my academy in local performances and competitions at the aforementioned martial arts academy and am continuing to develop these skills and experiences as a Vice President of our city’s first Gaming and Anime convention, a fast-growing event to take place in the next few weeks. The motivation and leadership skills that have been fostered from my involvement in a variety of activities can be applied to my time at Temple University. This is an experience and education I am ecstatic to become involved in and a sentiment I hope you agree with.