Who am I?
Hi, guys. My name is Edgar. I'm originally from San Diego, California. I now work in the field of higher education, encouraging students to study abroad. My focus is on diversity and inclusion in education.
What do I do now?
In the last years, I have studied and worked in an international environment at an university that welcomes close to five hundred students each semester. This rewarding experience has allowed me to work in a diverse student population, exposing me to different perspectives. I firmly believe that everyone should study abroad at some point. Studying and living abroad really opens your eyes to many realities. This unique experience teaches you a lot about yourself. I have been blessed with such wonderful students in the last 11 years.
Why am I here?
Just like many people, I have student loan debt. I know--- you have heard this story over and over again. The amount here is only a portion of what I owe. I am not asking people to pay all of it. Just need some help. I have been struggling to make monthly payments, especially now since there is a hefty legal battle with immigration. My spouse got sent away a few months ago, so we are in the midst of resolving this issue. I understand my mistake and don't wish this on people. Also, I know I have hurt people along the way. Sorry, dad.
I also want to start a scholarship for under-represented students. I want to set aside money for a scholarship. Numbers show that "during the 2015-2016 academic year, participants who identified as ethnic or racial minorities was 28.4%. However, the majority of study abroad students, 71.6%, still identify as white." What's the issue behind this? It's always comes down to finances. We can change this. Nobody should have to worry about money when it comes to getting an education, especially the opportunity to go abroad. I would like to continue to encourage students to study abroad without discrimination of any kind based on race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation. Everyone deserves this opportunity!
Any kind of donation helps. Even $5 goes a long way. If you cannot contribute, I still appreciate you reading this. Maybe you can share this story? I would rather be in debt to your kindness than to these government loans.
Thank you!!! Lots of love :-)