Hello, I am Britney Brown and I have been blessed to have the opportunity to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland at the prestigious Trinity College Dublin. As a young South African girl, it has been a childhood dream to study overseas, one which I believed to be highly impossible and far out of reach. However, my academic success has gained me entry into numerous schools abroad. I have been attempting to find a sponsor as since I am an international student, to study in Europe we already pay more than double the fees of an EU-national. As a South African given our currency and economic state, it is already difficult to pay the fees.
In 2018 which was my second last year of secondary school my father who was seventy-three at the time, was constantly complaining of pain in his abdomen. My mother would take him to the medical-clinic however they came to the conclusion it could be because of digestive issues and just provided him with painkillers. The pain, however, continued to persist and we were recommended to have my father undertake an endoscopy. The results concluded that the persistent pain my father felt was due to a large tumour in his stomach which was cancerous, he was diagnosed with stage 3 gastric cancer in August. At this moment it felt as if my whole world came crashing down, my father was a businessman as he owned his own liquor store, working from Monday to Sunday from 8am till 10pm. He was well known locally and highly respected as he would always donate to the community. When my mother and I were told he would only live until December that year I felt as if I had lost him already.
My father started chemotherapy and seemed to be doing well, we were beyond grateful and happy when his oncologist informed us he was responding so well to the chemotherapy that the tumour had begun to shrink. Unfortunately, when the New Year of 2019 began we noticed his physical health was starting to deteriorate again, it was then when we were informed the cancer had returned, with the tumour growing in size and the cancerous cells beginning to spread in his body. I was lucky enough to have my father be able to witness my Matric dance, however, the week before my mid-year exams in my final year of secondary school, he passed away.
My father had always been our sole provider, he was our rock and he was someone who despite his elderly age worked continuously to ensure I could receive the best possible education and live in comfort. Even though I suffered a tragic loss, I was even more determined to succeed and make my father proud, in my final NSC examinations I received a Bachelor pass and three distinctions in LO, English, and History. I also received an academic excellence award for the top 10 most improved students in my final examinations, with my final exams aggregate increasing by 7% compared to the rest of the year.
I applied to study History at the University of Kent, Anglia Ruskin University, Nottingham Trent University, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. Where ultimately I have been accepted at all.
I have decided to study at the prestigious Trinity College Dublin as they have offered me a Joint Honours undergraduate course due to my academic success, as well as they are ranked 164th in the World University Rankings and notably ranked 13th in the world for their History courses.
The expenses I will have are:
1. €2000 deposit to accept my offer. (offer lapses: 1 May 2020)
2. €6000 to pay for a tuition instalment to satisfy immigration.
3. €300 to pay for the INIS residence card in Ireland, as although South Africans don't require a visa, the residence card allows me to be in the country for longer than 90 days and is a requirement for international students.
4. €4000 for accommodation at Trinity Halls.
I myself understand that living in Europe compared to South Africa will be a drastic financial difference, however, I have worked incredibly hard to ensure my academic achievements despite my own personal tragedies. I would like to succeed for my family as I am the first one who would have completed high school and gone to university.
I would like to kindly ask for any donation, no matter the amount, it is a step closer. I would humbly and graciously like to thank anyone who makes a donation towards making my dream come true.
xx Britney Brown xx