There is a well-known Japanese proverb- Fall seven times and stand up eight. This proverb has inspired me to stand back up each time I faced a hurdle on my way to success. From an early age, my family had a hand in mouth situation when it came to our finances. My father, the sole breadwinner, had to move from one job to another to sustain our minimum necessities. Furthermore, my mother has a heart condition, which meant that her physical abilities were limited. As a result, she could not contribute to the betterment of our finances.
I have faced one obstacle after another head-on. At 14, I began to tutor students aiming to brush up on our financial condition. There were days when I slept for just 3 hours to complete all my homework while working in the evenings. The most dreadful challenge was when my sister and I had our names removed from the school register due to months of unpaid tuition fees. Since then, I began learning on my own. Through help from some reliable classmates, teachers, and massive online educational content, I managed to pass A-level exams. Although my grades were not admirable, I was surprised to discover what I could achieve with sheer determination. My father's frequent unemployment, my mother's deteriorating health, and being forced to drop out of school had put a heavy toll on my mental health during that time.
Sadly, our overall situation has remained unchanged to this day. My sister is still recovering from the traumatic experience of being asked to leave school in an exam hall without any prior record of misconduct.
I have been struggling beyond my capabilities lately. I began to tutor numerous students to pay for my university fees. Fortunately, I got a 50% scholarship. However, it does not help much as my family needs a helping hand now more than ever. I continually battle with the guilt of overlooking the needs of my loved ones.
My mother's condition made me reflect on the troubles disabled individuals had to face during this pandemic, especially in quarantine. Hence, I aim to develop assistive technology to ensure that the disabled and the elderly can have more freedom of movement. Through my studies in electrical and computer engineering, I want to enhance my knowledge in robotics.
Since my freshman year, I am struggling with the tuition fee. The finance office has denied my request more than 20 times. Your support will contribute to pursuing my studies as a full-fledged engineer with a passion for finding affordable and convenient solutions for people with any impairment.
After joining college, I now work harder than ever but I still can't pay my college tuition. During my college life, I kept a cum. GPA of 3.75/4, participated in many competitions, actively volunteered, and joined the student council all while working for 6 hrs a day. Right now, I'm at my limit. I approached many organizations to help me fund but no one came forward. Whoever is reading this, I ask you to please help me. Every little help counts.