School going great!! My classes are all wonderful, my internship is phenomenal, and I'm getting the chance to TA for a class as well. I cannot thank you all enough for helping me to get here! These amazing opportunities simply would not exist without your generosity. Thank you!
I am still full of shock and awe that this is even possible. I know I've already said this so many times, but my gratitude to each and every one of you is boundless. When I started this campaign, my biggest hope was that we could maybe raise enough money to help me make my first installment of tuition payments to buy me a little more time to figure out how to stay in school. The fact that I was able to completely pay for a semester all at once is amazing to me and I am so thankful.
Thanks everybody for all the positive and encouraging messages you've been sending! I really appreciate your support!
Hi everybody! I wanted to let you all know that I've decided to increase the overall goal of this campaign to my personal stretch goal of $12,000. This additional goal will help me to pay back the personal loans that I mentioned in my thank-you video (see below). It will also allow me to purchase textbooks and pay bills such as monthly electric.
So please - continue to share the link and donate if you are able! I am so very appreciative of everybody's support so far! I'm SO excited to return to school and be a real student again! Thank you all so much!
Three days ago, at my wit's end with school, I reached out to my closest friends and asked if anybody's parents would be willing to co-sign on an educational loan for me. One friend spoke with her parents who offered to instead lend me part of the money personally, if other people's parents would also do so. To supplement this, I decided to start this GoFundMe page.
Two days ago I kind of tinkered around with this page and finally, around 11 at night, posted my video and my story. I didn't expect much to come of it, maybe my friends and my friends parents would pull together a couple hundred dollars.
Yesterday I watched as friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers helped me reach me dreams. From $5 donations to $2,000 donations, everything added up and every single donation made me feel weak at the knees with gratitude. I was so floored. This was so unexpected. And amazing
Today I saw my education get fully funded. I know for sure that I will be able to return to school this year and I can live without fear. Instead I can focus on my studies...and maybe even have time to hang out with my friends. All thanks to you and your generosity.
This is the most amazing, incredible, wonderful thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life. Thank you for supporting me and thank you for being a part of it.
I am so absolutely floored right now. I am humbled and grateful and so very uplifted.
Thank you. Thank you to EVERYBODY who donated and shared and helped me. I am currently making a video to express my thanks because, for once, the written word is failing me. But I just wanted to take a moment to express my extreme gratitude toward you all.
Hi everyone! My name is Tessa and I'm going into my senior year
at Indiana University studying Arts Management. Or, at least, I'm hoping to.
But I won't be able to do it without YOUR help!
I didn't always attend IU. I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, or Mormon Church as it's more popularly known, and after I
graduated from high school I decided to attend Brigham Young University, the
church's University. Going to BYU was a great experience, but it was also one
of the most difficult times of my life. It was a time riddled with depression,
secrets, and lies for me because in addition to being Mormon I am gay.
Being a gay Mormon at BYU is not easy and for me it proved to be
completely overwhelming. After a year, I made the decision to transfer to
Indiana University where I felt I would be able to be honest about myself and
be generally happier and more fulfilled. (My girlfriend of 1 year at the time
[now 3.5 years] who lived in Indiana was also excited about this decision.)
When I told my parents about my decision to transfer, they were shocked,
disappointed, and angry.
And my parents cut me off.
Since I left BYU, it has been my responsibility to pay for my
education. My parents have told me many times that their money is only good at
BYU. Their resolve is so strong that they refuse to even co-sign on an
educational loan for me to pay my expenses for school.
Last year, I decided to start working full-time to try to earn
more money for school. I managed to find a great job, but my expenses still
only broke even. During that time I attended community college part time, and
it deeply strengthened my resolve to return to my full-time education and
complete my degree.
Because I am under 23 years old, I am still required to declare
my parents' income on any application for financial aid. This means that the
only financial aid I can receive is a Stafford Loan, which is not nearly enough
to cover the cost of my education. Despite working more than full time at
multiple jobs, I won't be able to afford to return to school this month without
I am reaching out to you in hopes that you can help me achieve
my dream of finishing school. My goal amount may seem large, but any amount that you can give would help IMMEASURABLY! To put it in perspective, my very first tuition payment is due next week and it's just over $650. Every little bit can help me to at least get to that first tuition payment!
My girlfriend, Hannah, and I have prepared some
fabulous prizes for you to say thank you for donating. Even if you aren't in a
position to donate right now, please share the link to this page on your
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or whatever social media site you like best.
I was so moved by the story in today's IDS. I retired after 40 years at IU. Among other things I was on the GLBT Student Support Services Advisory Board and for years co-chaired IU's GLBT Anti-Harassment Team. Best of luck to you and your partner. You sound amazing!
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