My name is Toni Adeyemi and I am 15 years old. Ever since I was a little girl my life long dream was to accomplish something in life that would help people in a way that would fulfill them intellectually and spiritually. I always knew that in order to do that I needed to be someone that was constantly striving for a higher level of intellect and spiritual understanding; I know that I also have to find ways to help people find their own path and inspire change in this world. I have opportunity of a lifetime but need your help to make it happen
At the age of 14 I discovered a boarding school in Monterey, California called Santa Catalina School. When I reviewed the school's curriculum I immediately recognized that the school was going to make my dreams come true; it was an environment that I needed to be a part of. By the time I was 15 I visited the campus for the first time in hopes of earning a spot there as a student for my upcoming Junior year. During my short visit an entire new world was opened to me. A world of camaraderie, un- restricted partnership and most importantly common faith in the greater good of people.
I was blown away and knew that it would be the upmost honor to be able to say that I was a part of this group of very intelligent girls. I also had to prepare myself for rejection, not only was the admission difficult, I was requesting entrance as a Junior in high school. As Juniors in high school paths are already carved and partnerships are already formed, but by the grace of God I was accepted in March of 2013. But my happiness didn't last for long because my family’s request for financial aid did not fall through and my mother got laid-off work. Even though the school says they will help students like me, Santa Catalina School does not have enough financial aid to assist with my education. I’m straight A student, I finished 10th grade with a GPA of 4.1. And I really, really want to attend Santa Catalina School for my 11th and 12th grades. I worked so hard to get into this school; I did everything the school said I needed to do to get in.
The $ 47,000 tuition I need for me to attend Santa Catalina School is not in our sights and that's why I need help. I’m grateful to God for my blessings everyday, from the smallest to the biggest but that still unfortunately do not make everything a walk in the park for me. $ 47,000 dollars by the time I am an adult is going to mean something different because economy evolves, but right now $ 47,000 means that I’m closer to my dreams.
Finally I want to thank you for reading this. Whether You decide to donate money or not I hope that you are able to understand my situation and it helps you find a greater insight to your own life and the ones it affect every single day.