Hello! As most of you already know, I have just been accepted to the Old Norse Religion MA program at the University of Iceland. The courses begin this fall, and I will be studying directly under Terry Gunnell, with the probability of being able to continue with a PHD program. I've dedicated my entire adult life to pursuing a respected degree in Old Norse Religion. It's my passion. It's my life. To be accepted into this program is a dream come true!
But I'm not there yet! Student loans and scholarships are out of the question, which means I need to finance my education there myself. The total sum required by the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration in order to study in Iceland for 1 year is 12,000 USD. A hefty chunk of change, I know. The upside is that this sum is actually the total amount they anticipate a student from the US will spend on ALL things (tuition, board, living expenses) for a year. I can't even live for under that without school, here in NY. The problem is that I need the money up front, and I need it before I go, in August.
This is where I need your help! I'm doing everything in my power to come up with as much as I possibly can on my own. I'm working two full time jobs, and overtime on top of that. I plan to sell my car. I'm selling my guitars. I'm trying to develop fundraising activities, such as auctions, contests, etc. My best estimates are that I can make about half of the necessary cost by August. I know that it's asking a lot, especially when people don't have much money themselves, but I need help. Every little bit will help me. If you know me, you know that I don't forget friends and good deeds. I'll do everything in my power to return the favor to you. Just ask it, and if I can, I will follow through.
I've already accepted on a "Pay it forward" request. I plan to push very hard for the University of Iceland and for a US school to develop a undergraduate Norse Religion program for US students to be able to go and learn about the old Heathen religion WITH financial aid. Nobody should have to do this alone. I have started a blog. That blog will chronicle EVERYTHING I have had to do in order to get accepted, prepared, and financed. It will help future students. When I get to Iceland I will push for more comprehensive page to be added to their website for US students. Check it out right here! http://roodsaga.blogspot.com/
I can promise also, that everything I learn will go to benefit my local community, and the people that supported me and helped me achieve this. The books, the publications, they'll be dedicated to you. I am already tremendously grateful to all the support I have received. I have the best community in the world, and I want to pay it back however I can.