The passion for knowledge, self-enrichment and change has brought me here. My name is Ryland and I’m a 26 year old who is about to take on an incredible opportunity to study international relations at the University of Edinburgh. I will begin my masters program in September and with that will be taking on roughly $30,000 in debt. Although asking for money is out of my comfort zone, I thought I would give this a shot.
I’m an American who grew up in the countryside of the Pacific Northwest State of Washington. I spent most of my youth socially misunderstood. As a simple (slightly chunky) nice guy I was an easy target to be picked on, and my lack of confidence didn't help. As I’ve matured I began to trust myself, and after attending community college, I applied, and was offered admission to the University of Washington in Seattle. I put my nose to the book and graduated in 2013 with a 3.88 (out of 4) grade point average, magna cum laude (top 3%) of my class. I spent the last few years working in different offices, and although I saved money to continue my college pursuits, I am still nowhere near the total.
To study at the University of Edinburgh is a dream come true. As the number 19 ranked university in the world (QS World Rank 2017) it was an honor to be offered admission. The institution opened in 1583 and has taught the likes of Charles Darwin, Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Lewis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Edinburgh was also an ideal location to study the topic of international relations as it is in Brexit Britain, is the capital of Scotland, which is inching closer to independence and the school of political science is highly revered in the United Kingdom. Additionally, the program is nearly half the price of a similarly ranked U.S. institution.
Upon graduating, I intend to use my newly gleaned knowledge in a career at a non-governmental organization, where I can help agencies navigate the bureaucratic channels of federal, state and local government. Further in the future I plant to continue my studies and earn a PhD, where I would like to teach international relations and enlighten future generations about the importance of the subject as our world becomes more closely bound.
Thank you very much for your help,