Support Cristo’s Postgraduate Program in the UK

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Who am I?

I am Cristophorus Budidharma, you can call me Cristo. I'm originally from Jakarta Indonesia, where I grew up as the only Deaf child in my big family. After graduating from high school, I was blessed to get the opportunity to study in the USA on a full scholarship. In 2018, I graduated, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science with Pre-medicine from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Now, I am pursuing postgraduate program in Anatomy Education. My long-term objective is to be the first Deaf college professor in Indonesia and build Pre-baccaulaurete program for Deaf and hearing Indonesians who are interested in STEM and Medical subject in Indonesia. To support my dream, I will need to continue my studies, and thus I have been looking for scholarships since 2019.

My story started with ...

In 2022, I almost gave up in looking for postgraduate scholarship and decided to look for jobs to save money; I was hired to work at Restaurant Inklusiv Warung since September 2022, and I love working here, because of the commitment Inklusiv Warung has to empower Deaf Indonesians. And surprisingly they do not only support through work opportunity; they (that the owners, Hans and Gunn) also tried to help me by introducing me to their network to help me find opportunities to continue my study; that's how I met Ainsley, who's Hans' and Gunn's friend.

I was so excited with the opportunity, but decided to keep calm because I do not like to put high expectation for myself, because it would give me a terrible punch if expectation wouldn't be met and I would be just left feeling disappointed. Anyway, I met Ainsley and discussed about my struggle and hardship in looking fund for my postgraduate in UK and US as well. And surprisingly Ainsley agreed to help me to find funds for my postgraduate studies.

Just to give you a picture, previously, I was accepted and offered a conditional and unconditional letter by around six universities, but none of them were providing any funding.

University of Dundee, UK

University of Edinburgh, UK

Hull York University, UK

Northern Illinois University, USA

University of Colorado Denver, USA

D'Youville College, USA

I applied to all those universities and got offered to study Human Anatomy postgraduate.

After I had discussion with Ainsley we got some first good news; I would receive fund from University of Dundee worth 25% of the college fees. It's a great first step.......

Why Cristo make fundraising campaign when Cristo have already got some funding?

First of all; Cristo's funding does not cover the tuition completely, there is till 75% left to cover. besides that, Cristo still need fund for his living cost while in Dundee, Scotland, the UK. Ainsley is still helping to find help to cover the rest of the tuition fee, but at the same time I'm looking for your help to cover my cost as well.

How much funding do I need?

The total fund I need for entire a year-postgraduate study including estimation living cost in Dundee is £12,000 (around Rp 227.000.000)

The tuition fee is £19,000 (around Rp 360.000.000). However, I received 25% for tuition fee, then it would be £14,250 left (around Rp 270.000.000).

Books and college stuff cost would be £1,600 (around Rp 30.000.000).

And then there's some other expenses, such as travel, visa, emergency fund, and miscellaneous, it is estimated £2,000 (around Rp 38.000.000).

Then...

Tuition Fee - Rp 360.000.000 (will be covered, fingers crossed)

Books and College Stuff - Rp 30.000.000 (£1,600)

Living cost in Dundee - Rp 227.000.000 (£12,000)

Other expenses - Rp 38.000.000 (£2,000)

Total fund I would need is £15,600 (around Rp 295.000.000) and this is my funding target. You can support Cristo's postgraduate studies, by funding by donating through this platform. I'm looking for 295 donations of £55 each (around Rp 1.000.000).

However, this is not a fixed amount, any fund contribution from you would be greatly appreciated.

Why should I Support Cristo?

Cristo is a Deaf advocator who has concern about language development on Deaf children and focuses on language deprivation prevention. In order to accomplish Cristo's long-term objective, Cristo wants to be a Deaf professor for health professionals, especially for anatomy and language development. Applying for an anatomy lecturer position, and applying for doctorate program for be a Deaf pioneer in STEM and medical subject in Indonesia.

What Will Cristo After Study?

After my study, Cristo wants to make literacy and college preparation program for Deaf college students in Indonesia. I was inspired from Rochester Bridges to Doctorate Program and would adopt that program such as Indonesian Deaf Bridges to Bachelor Program. Why? To increase human resources, especially for Deaf graduates in STEM and Medical subjects. To build a university, it needs at least one Deaf who earned doctorate program in specific subject and several master graduates. To earn doctorate program, it would break the stigma and vicious cycle about discrimination toward Deaf Indonesians. I want to be a Deaf pioneer for the Deaf community. The Deaf community needs (a) role model(s) and representative to fight the discrimination, especially in STEM and Medical admission and college for Deaf college students.

Help Cristo to become a role model !!

Organizer

  • Cristophorus Budidharma

Donors

  • Allison Friedman
  • Donated on Jan 19, 2023
  • Your video and story is so inspiring! I still remember the day I filmed you during your orientation day at bowling place and asked why wanted to major in biology or something. I am so proud of you for paving the roads for the Deaf community in Indonesia! You can do it and I believe in you!!! So grateful that I met you and worked with you while we were in Tiger Media! GO YOU!

£40.00
  • Estefani Garrison
  • Donated on Jan 19, 2023
  • I am incredibly proud of you and fully support your efforts. I wish I could donate more, but I will be sure to spread the word and share your story with others. Keep up the great work! <3

£40.00

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  • Allison Friedman
  • Donated on Jan 19, 2023
  • Your video and story is so inspiring! I still remember the day I filmed you during your orientation day at bowling place and asked why wanted to major in biology or something. I am so proud of you for paving the roads for the Deaf community in Indonesia! You can do it and I believe in you!!! So grateful that I met you and worked with you while we were in Tiger Media! GO YOU!

£40.00
  • Estefani Garrison
  • Donated on Jan 19, 2023
  • I am incredibly proud of you and fully support your efforts. I wish I could donate more, but I will be sure to spread the word and share your story with others. Keep up the great work! <3

£40.00

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