Really thank you so much for stopping by to this page. Please consider a few minutes to read through my story and get to know me first. It would means a lot to me.
Hi, my name is Novi, I'm an Indonesian citizen (I live in Bali island to be precise) and I work as Freelance Graphic Designer to support my living expenses. I'm 24 years old and I am the youngest of 4 siblings.
Graphic Design and art was always be my passion and dream since I'm a kid. But, I never had a chance to pursue it. To be honest, I didn't take graphic design as my major back in university. I was studying Chemistry Education before. The reason why is simple, it was because of money. My parents was struggling to put their 4 kids into college, so rather than to neglect their kids education, my parents convince us (me, in this case) to take the most cheapest major in town. I had no other choice back then, because with 4 kids and only my father as the one who support my family, I can ask nothing more.
Sorry, I know this sounds sentimental, but I'm only trying to elaborate why I really need your kind help.
So, after I finished my Chemistry Education degree, I keep reminded again and again that my true passion is art and design. I knew its hard to start something from the very beginning right after you graduate, but it was really a strong feeling that kept saying to pursue what I love the most. I started to learn graphic design since then. I learned it on my own for almost 3 years now (mostly I learned it by watching youtube and other free tutorial). Yes, it was and still be hard for me, but all I can do is try the very best I can to learn anything about design for my better future.
But here comes another obstacle.
Working as a freelancer is awesome, I have to admit that. The hard part is about the salary, mostly it couldn't suffice my living also for my future plan.
I was always trying to apply for a decent job, but working in different field as my major makes it difficult for me to compete with other talented people. When I apply for a job, my application always turned down since the administrative step because I didn't have any related degree. I don't say that I lack of talent for I believe in myself that I got skill on graphic design (you can take a look at my Instagram account to see designs I've made).
Somehow it turns out to be kind of a dilemma for me. I know its hard but I don't want to lose hope. I will take the very smallest chance I can found.
I found a chance for people like me who working in different field from their major. There is a kind of training program from US Government called CCIP (Community College Initiative Program). It's kind of a scholarship which the tuition fee and general living expenses are funded by the program. Then, why do I need to fundraising for extra money?! Because I still need your kindness to help me prepare myself for this CCIP Program as follows.
1. TOEFL ITP preparation + test
2. Documents Translation
3. Making passport
4. Print and mail expenses
5. Thorough medical Check-Up
6. Round plane tickets for Interview purpose
7. To upgrade my devices for graphic design purpose (I had accident before which caused my laptop crashed)
8. Small personal emergency allowance
On this fundraising page, I only put the number that I need the most, because I don't want to put lies over peoples kindness and take money without gratitude. I also tried to explain and elaborate as clear as I can to make this fundraising transparent.
Seriously, I'm very grateful that you consider your time to read my story and decided to help me. My family and I would appreciate your time and kindness. May God bless you always! Thank you so much!
Hi, a bunch of thank you for supporting me to pursue my passion and dream about my studies. I may not have a lot of money or big things to offer, but at least I have talent. I am more than happy to offer you a Portrait Design of you for any kind donations that over 10 USD. I know this may not be a big reward, but I really want to show my gratitude upon you all because your help will be my life changing moment. Just check my Instagram account on the link above and let me know by dm. Thank you so much! Be blessed always!