Hello and Thank you for visiting my profile.
I will never forget my parents one and only request from me. With them being teachers and understanding the importance and significance of having an education in today's society they said, "Kese, the only thing we ask of you is to ensure that you get a college degree,so if God forbids, something ill was to happen to us or we're not around to support you,you'd be able to provide and take care of yourself."
I always remembered those words and as I stand here two months shy from my graduation date, my yearning to fulfill this dream of theirs and mine is stronger than ever.
I am an international student in my fifth and final year,where I study Medicine specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. Throughout the years I have remained an A grade student, studying diligently and intently, as I remind myself everyday of the toil, struggle and stress that my parents endure to make sure that my brothers and I have the best life possible.
After my country, Trinidad and Tobago, suffered a deep economic recession in 2016 in which it still remains, my parents have not been able to provide the support for me as they wish they could. For the past two years up to the present day, they only receive a fraction of their salary each month and have to make do with the little they get to solve our daily needs. I have seen how much this issue haunts them, even causing my mother who suffers from Diabetes to have two major strokes in the past few months, in which trying to find money to pay for her medical bills was also an issue.
Further in China, students are not allowed to work, full time or part time, which as you can imagine could make life a bit difficult for international students who aren't on scholarships here. However, I still try to do my best to scramble for money in order to survive here, pay my rent, food, transport etc.
My heart aches for my parents as I see how much they try, how tired they are and how hopeless they feel. I want to change that. I really feel like successfully graduating in June 2019 would be that glimmer of hope for my parents and a huge weight lifted off their shoulders knowing that, this seemingly impossible hurdle is taken care of. It would also be a dream come true for me, not only for graduating and being one step closer to becoming a doctor, fulfilling my parents only request of me, but to give back to the two most important people in the world that I love so much.
My university has a rule whereby students cannot graduate until all their tuition fees have been paid. I have until the last day June 24th 2019 to pay off my outstanding balance of $ 6000 USD.
Any contribution from you would be deeply appreciated and I thank you from the bottom of my heart
Please help to make this dream of mine a reality.