Everyone wishes for an amazing opportunity in life to have a chance to rewrite their stories, to make better their past and set a clear path for their future. Sometime in 2015 I had the opportunity to attend a university in my country to acquire a degree even though I didn't want the course I was given, I had to go because I didn't want to stay at home again( it was already two years since I finished high school ).
In my second year in school I couldn't keep up with my academics and school fees because my both parents were retired and there was no source of income and everyone I ran to for help turned me down and told me they had their own problems too to look after. I would often stay months in school cashless and begged for food from some of my friends and other times I would go to sleep hungry. I couldn't pay for accommodation so I had to parch with one of my friends who paid for school hostel and at intervals I had to sleep on the floor in order to let her enjoy the comfort of the bed she paid for. I cried almost every night and I had suicidal thoughts often, at a point it became too much that I decided to leave school and follow my passion as a software developer to see if I can make a living out of it and watch my little self help others who are in the same situation I was, "maybe my little gift will change their lives a whole lot" who knows!!! Every penny I made went into helping others and by the time I realized it I was broke again but that didn't bother me much.
I applied for every opportunity I saw even when I was so sure I'll be rejected I still applied for it because I strongly believed "In miracles" and I still do. I also applied to a couple of schools and programs outside my country and I was rejected , so it became a norm for me to be rejected so whenever I applied for something I just had the doubt that I'll ever make it through. Until I saw the Watson Institute program and I applied for it and yes! the application process was rigorous and challenging, I was super reluctant to go through with the application process but I did and was so surprised when I was invited for the interview session I couldn't believe my eyes, so I did a lot of research on them and prepared for my interview session like I was preparing for an interview with the president. After the online video interview I was skeptical that I was going to get in, I told myself that I can never be among the 24 people out of 100 that would be chosen from all over the world. Then it happen that a week plus after my interview I got an acceptance mail "I made it in!! Can you believe that?", above the mail was another one that contained my financial aid details "Yes!! I got a financial aid package" I was supposed to be happy but I wasn't.
My financial aid package covered only half of my fees so I was left to fundraise the remaining half, I starting thinking of who to reach out to and who not to reach out to but the truth is, no matter how many sites I build in a day or softwares I develop, I won't be able to come up with the complete fund on my own. It gave me sleepless nights thinking of how to come up with the remaining till one of my friends called me into the kitchen and said "let me tell you the truth I think you should forget this opportunity, I think you should let the school go, other opportunities will come in the future, you don't have this kind of money neither do your parents so just let it go". What he said wasn't a lie, in fact that was the absolute truth there was no way I was going to come up with the fees before the deadline( January 10th 2019 ) but I told myself I wasn't going to give up this opportunity the way I gave up the first one without trying hard and putting up a fight. Which is why I'm here to plead with everyone out there ''who wants to make a difference in someone's life, who wants to impact in someone's future, who wants to give someone a chance to live their dreams and passion, who wants to let someone know that miracles still happen and she should keep believing'' to please help me go back to school, help me not give up on this opportunity, help me rewrite my story.
Thank you all in advance and God bless you really good.