Hello, my name is Alex. I am currently helping shape the renewable energy industry and providing research to new and upcoming products from innovators. My goal is to help make renewable energy a US based product source as well as help lead the financials of the industry away from subsidies; all the while creating sustainable jobs for multiple trades! My dream is to become an advocate for major change in the industry and continue helping other countries who do not have reliable power obtain it! Who doesn't want reliable clean power or a water source? I have already dedicated my time to projects in Haiti and multiple villages in Chile and Africa. I have helped teach individuals a trade that can be replicated to sustain a culture instead of using their living conditions as a financial investment.
A background on me. It is a bit of a first-world sob story, so please bare with me while I explain my position.
My parents divorced when I was young and both make quite a bit of money for their career choices. My father is now a retired international airliner captain and my mother is now retired as well. Both never attended college.
I was an average high school student that had his first steady job at 14 to buy a car for myself when I turned 16 and all of the associated expenses. My dream was to follow in my father's footsteps as well as my passion of flying. I was ready to take my private pilot exam by the age of 15! My last year of high school I applied to Embry Riddle in Daytona Beach, FL and was accepted!
About that time, the industry took a MAJOR downturn and the market for new pilots was horrendous. At this time my mother decided that if I wanted to become a pilot, I was to pay for it myself because she did not see it as a wise investment into my future and my alternative was to find a different career path if I wanted her help. My father being who he is, took this as a personal attack and decided that he would not pay if my mother would not. Thanks parents!
So this brought me to a tough decision. My parents made far too much money for me to get any substantial government loans so I had to find a college that I could manage to work and support my education at the same time. I ended up applying to a few places and ended up getting the agreement from my parents to help pay for an electrical engineering degree (50% according to them). The very first year into the program, my parents decided that they did not want to pay anything. No warning, nothing... I was forced to withdraw for the semester. I ended up going to friends and their families to beg for a co-sign on a private loan to help make up the difference in what my job could not pay for. If it wasn't for these families I would probably not have a degree.
5 years later I graduated with a bachelors in engineering with a debt of $106,000 at an average of 6.8% interest and a job that paid $17/hr. I'm now 5 years into my working career and have been doing my best to pay down all of my debt and have forged my way into a small leadership role with my company.
I want to advance my education and attend a top 30 University to get my MBA. Fortunately now FAFSA and other funding organizations are only looking at my income and are willing to help me to a certain extent. My biggest fear is incurring more debt before my current student debt is paid off. The $50k is just about the cost of an graduate degree and the argument is my pay raise will be enough to help eliminate my undergrad debt.
My plea to those who have read my story is help me pay off or help pay for my continuing education. If I hit my goal I can use my $20,000 in savings to almost fully pay off all of my student debt and move forward with my life!
If possible I more than welcome payments into my student loan account or to my institution once enrolled to cover tuition. I am also giving my guarantee that any money donated will be updated with a photo showing the deposit into my loan account or institution.
No one person should have to incur this much debt to be able to make a better future for themselves. My circumstances unfortunately played against me in a bad way and I thank God for helping me push through my accomplishments.