Updated posted by Ill Holiday 12 days ago
Dear friends and family! This journey to...
Dear friends and family!
This journey to Penn has been one full of extreme highs and lows. The highs include building relationships with leaders who make decisions that affect millions of people, an opportunity to speak at my first TED conference, access to elite career mentors, and world-class instruction.
However, the lows have also been noteworthy. They include our need to move the third time since leaving Indianapolis, living off of loans, and the stress involved with an ever-changing lifestyle.
The truth is, there will always be surprises when embarking on the unknown. My family had no idea that the benefits or cost of this move would be so great. However, we are committed to completing this journey!
As I mentioned, we will be picking up and moving again for the 3rd time since this June. [Email me for details] Though we would rather not move during the winter and hate creating instability for our children, it is imperative that we find safe and habitable housing for our family.
What are we doing:
I am applying for several scholarships/fellowships to cover the expenses of my studies. Any additional funding I am able to secure will reduce the amount of loans that go to tuition, and eventually begin to reduce our need to use loans for living expenses. While attending school full-time, I have maintained a 20 hour/wk schedule with Wharton Social Impact Initiative. [currently, I am taking a break in order to move]
What do we still need:
Supporters can help us continue this journey by considering a one-time or monthly contribution. This will provide the up front capitol needed for the move. A contribution can also help us to begin the next semester knowing that even if we must max out our loans, we will have all the basic academic and living expenses covered.
The new overall financial goal has been increased to reflect our aspiration to complete this journey in reasonable financial standing (without 70-100k in loans).
Please consider helping us reach this goal!
Updated posted by Ill Holiday 1 month ago
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to...
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do something that I never thought I'd be able to do; I gave my 1st TED Talk. Even though most people have this as an item on their "bucket list", only a few people get the opportunity to make it a reality.
What did I talk about?
I spoke about this amazing journey that you have joined me on. My journey has taken me from the stage to the classroom in the most unlikely fashion. My speech reflected on the ups and downs of this journey: how smarts, talent, and drive allowed me to see many high points, but weren't enough to carry me through the low points. I will share video from this event as soon as it is made available.
Where am I at in my journey?
Currently, I am working at my studies as well as balancing life as a father, husband, full time student, and Wharton Social Impact Fellow. I am applying to both summer internships and summer courses. It is my hope to do some combination of work and study this summer.
Where can you help?
Experiencing great moments while still needing help is nothing new to me. However, it is still a challenge show both success and need. The fight to stay in school is more of a financial fight than anything. If you are committed to continuing this journey with me, please consider helping me reach my goal before the end of the year. A contribution today, will help my family continue to make the most of this incredible opportunity!
Thanks again for your support!
Updated posted by Ill Holiday 2 months ago
#ivy2ivy 1 month in... For the last...
#ivy2ivy 1 month in...
For the last month, I have been reading books, writing papers, initiating study groups, and navigating the landscape at University of Pennsylvania. Oh, and also having an amazing time working with Wharton Social Impact Initiative. This has been both a terrifying and amazingly rewarding experience!
Recently, I had an opportunity to talk about my experience with Voices of Penn. Visit this link to see the profile: www.facebook.com/voicesofpenn
I am intent on making the most of the opportunities that Penn has to offer. This can only be done if I am able to afford to stay.
It is not too late join me in this journey. Consider making a contribution today!
Created by Ill Holiday on March 28, 2013
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