2019 will be my 3rd and final year of bachelor of comerce degree at the University of kwazulunatal .student number 21704406 for verification
I first became interested in business because of my obsession with the financial world and because of the need to change the situation at home .my adolescent brain decided that I would need to develop a cure for my family's poverty state. A ridiculous dream, but one that motivated me to worm my way into the business field
2 years on and I still dream of changing my situation and getting a high paying job. perhaps this will involve a lot of hard work or perhaps I will just be laying the ground-work for the next generation. Whatever that dream develops into, I am now 1 year away from completing my first step towards it.
For much of the last 2 years I have been juggling studying business with working as a waiter at milky lane. While I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to work at milky lane, when so many people in our country struggle to find employment, I am painfully aware of the effect that spending so much time trying to make an income has had on my studies. I have been extremely fortunate not to have failed a single course/subject since starting my studies in 2017 and this has largely been due to support from friends, family, and some of the comerce Faculty members. I find, however, that I am near the end of my tether.
While the majority of my fees are covered by funding (financial aid and loans), I am finding it increasing difficult to cope with the cost of rent, food, and other living expenses. This has been exacerbated by the fact that, as I have progressed through my tuition, I have had less time to work. I am now in a position where I am just making enough money to buy groceries and my sister is contributing what she can to my rent, while my parents make what contributions they can when possible (while barely managing to stay afloat themselves). This arrangement is not sustainable - not even for "just 1 more year".
I am going to need funding to make it though next year. Another student loan is not possible due to outstanding debt and I am receiving the maximum financial aid that UKZN is willing to supply (for which I am also very thankful). The amount I have stipulated would ONLY cover rent for next year and I would still need to work to buy groceries, but being safe in the knowledge that I have a roof over my head would go a long way to getting me through the year.
I don't know the ethics behind offering free financial consultations for donors, but it seems okay