Who am I?
my name is Kirsten and I am a 24 year old master student at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. I am working towards a masters in advanced international studies, and am scheduled to graduate in June of 2014.
I have been very lucky to have parents who are willing and able to support me through my my bachelor and master's studies. However, I often wish that there was a way for me to have more financial freedom during my studies without forcing a burden upon my parents. My mom is a stay at home mother, and she takes care of my mentally challenged older sister. My younger brother is successfully making his way through his undergraduate studies and my dad works to make it all happen.
During my undergraduate studies I was able to work as a babysitter and an Au Pair when I studied abroad. This allowed me to live for very little overseas, and when I was babysitting in the states it allowed me to pay for my daily needs minus my tuition. I had some sense of financial independence.
However, since moving to Europe for my masters degree, it has been virtually impossible to find a decent paying job that would allow me to pay for all of my day to day needs, i.e. food, health insurance, phone bill, transportation, rent etc. My parents have always been there to give me what I need no matter the cost to them. However, I know that things are not easy and I am desperately searching for a way to make the remaining months of my studies as easy on my family as possible.
I have been jumping at the opportunities that my university has to offer, such as clubs and internships. The clubs costs money and the internships are unpaid, but that does not deter my interest in them. I crave the experience of working in international organizations, and gaining knowledge about national security and things like arms control and other problems that have become most prominent in the world. Though I have been gaining knowledge through these valuable experiences, my financial situation often hinders me from wanting to partake in certain things.
The following is a breakdown of how I would use the funds that I am seeking:
rent for the next two terms= 2,280 euros
health insurance through June= 412.40 euros
transportation ticket= 75 euros
phone bill through June= 128 euros
food valued at 120 euros per month = 960 euros
study trip= 150 euros
monthly allowance for extracurriculars (clubs, museums, culture) through June= 800 euros
contribution towards my tuition= 3,194.60 euros
I am not seeking an exuberant lifestyle, but rather I am just looking for a way that would allow me to help my family by helping myself find a solution to my financial situation as well as allow me to make the most of the opportunities available to me as a student.