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Whether our paths have crossed before or not, I want you to listen to my story which I hope will convince you to help me in my journey by sharing, donating, or simply by spreading some kind words!
I am 17 and I have dreamt of studying and living in the United States of America since before I can remember. Those who know me can confirm that I picture myself being there daily. In New York in the town square, admiring the skyscrapers while face-timing my parents and telling them that I finally did it. That I am finally there. That I am traveling and seeing all those places I have dreamed of seeing as a child. That I am leaving my footprint on the world by doing good. By being part of the change. But it all is more than a dream to me. More than a goal. It is what I am meant to do. I know it is. And I work towards that every day. I study because I know that is the only way I can do what I told myself I will do: make a change.
Soon enough though, something incredibly exciting brought me closer to my dream: a letter. But not just any letter. An invite from the George Mason University in Virginia that said and I quote:
I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected, based on your interest in national security, to attend the 2022 Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC), an Envision by WorldStrides experiential learning program.
Like other post-secondary education institutions, George Mason University has access to information about students who opt-in to the College Board Student Search Service. This information helps us identify the students who would be the best fit for our admissions, as well as for Envision programs sponsored by Mason, including GYLC. It was with this information that you were identified as a high-achieving student worthy of selection. You and your parents should be proud of your accomplishments."
Oh, they are proud indeed. My parents are my biggest supporters so you can imagine how excited they were when I read this to them out loud. We immediately started reading through the letter but we stopped at the word "tuition". That is a pretty tricky word. Tuition is an amount of money you usually have to pay upon acceptance to a university or a prestigious program such as GYLC. The sum I read out loud was expected but it still came out as quite a shock. 3000 dollars. That's how much it costs for me to be a thousand times closer to my dream.
In order to afford to attend the conference, I applied for a scholarship in the hopes that a certain amount of that sum would be covered by the Envision committee and George Mason University. Frankly, the costs for me to fly to Washington DC where the conference takes place, adds up to the total amount of money I need. Roughly $4000 total. A sum me and my family are unfortunately unable to pay for on our own. This is where you can help out. I have the chance to represent my country, Romania, at a Global conference that shapes young leaders with a dream into leaders with a chance. I want to make my family proud. And even more than that I want to make my country proud. So please, if you can help out in any way I will forever be grateful. Donate, share or give me some words of encouragement. Anything helps. Even a dollar. After all, every successful person's success started with one.
Oiegas Antonia Maria,
hopefully future GYLC alumni :)
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Sad news-call for helpUpdate posted by Antonia Oiegas at 10:19 pm
This is my call for help as I was just informed that I have only received a scholarship of $250 for the program meaning I still need roughly $3200 (rest of the tuition, visa and plane tickets costs) to enroll in the conference. The deadline is January 22nd so I'm
Only Romanian in the conference!Update posted by Antonia Oiegas at 10:42 pm
I recently was informed that I am the only romanian that was selected to represent Romania and participate in the 2022 Global Young Leaders Conference. I still cannot believe this is real. I'm so grateful for each and every donation!