Help Alexis Stay in School!
I spent my whole life in low-income neighborhoods in the Bronx with my mother and 3 sisters. I still call one of those neighborhoods home. I was fortunate enough to have a mother who stressed the importance of a great education and sacrificed to make sure I was able to attend incredible programs and schools that helped me get to where I am today. Though neither of my parents attended college, my mother made higher education an expectation for me. If I am able to graduate, I will be the first member of my immediate family to finish college.
Unfortunately, my family is unable to pay for my next semester here. We have tried everything from applying for extra loans and scholarships to cashing in the giant change jar we've been filling since before I was born, but we simply do not have the money. It has now reached the point where I will have to leave BU if I cannot come up with the money by December 17th. It is very much out of my character to ask for much of anyone, especially when it comes to money. But as a very wise woman said to me, "pride is for tomorrow." I need help to continue making my dreams a reality and this is the crucial time when I must ask for it. If you choose to give in any amount, I'd like you to consider it an investment rather than a donation. If you invest in me, I have no doubt that I will be successful. I have always felt a strong desire to give back in my community as a way of thanking all of the incredible people who have helped me on my journey to success. Please consider investing in my future so that I may become the best version of myself. I will not let you down.
Thankfully, once I opened up about both my dreams and financial struggles, an absolutely incredible outpouring of generosity and support quickly came my way. Over 200 beautiful souls reached out and invested in my future. Others who could not give money sent me words of support and encouragement that brought me to tears. My $5,000 fundraising goal was reached in just 27 hours -- but the giving did not stop.
It was truly the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. Friends, family and complete strangers stood by me to make sure I could finish what I started at BU.
Today, I am proud to report that your investments have paid off. I officially graduated a full semester early in January 2016. I was privileged enough to leave school with a full time job offer at North of Nine Communications, a technology public relations firm that has given me the opportunity to work with world-class clients and incredibly talented colleagues. I live near my Mom and three sisters with my boyfriend of six years. I hold strong friendships with many of the great people I've met during my journey. I am truly blessed in every sense of the word.
Last Friday, I walked across the stage at my commencement ceremony and accepted my Bachelor of Science in Communications, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University's College of Communication. It was a moment I'll never forget -- and one I felt compelled to share with all of you. This degree is as much yours as it is mine. I wrote all the papers and took all the exams, but this would not have been possible without each one of my angel investors. Please know that every contribution, no matter how small, had a profound effect on me and my family.
This campaign is a testament to the power of human kindness. I want to thank you all again for your support and generosity. I will continue to pay it forward by giving back in my everyday life and by posting a list of tips for those looking to start their own crowdfunding campaigns. Please stay tuned for more details and continue being the wonderful, giving people you've shown me you are.
All my love,
Once again I'd like to thank all of you for your amazing support and generosity. I wanted to make sure to let you all know that if you have yet to receive a thank you email from me, it's on the way! Since I wasn't expecting so much help in so little time, it's been hard to keep up. I'm also having trouble viewing any donations older than the 50 most recent ones on my GoFundMe page. If you'd like a hand-written thank you note, please email me your mailing address so I can send those your way. Also, check us out in Business Insider! http://www.businessinsider.com/inspiring-story-boston-university-student-raised-5000-stay-college-2013-10
Thank you all again,
Today I started my own go fund me account. I have a bachelor's degree I finished a couple months back, but have not had any luck finding a job yet! I'm a single mom of two and I am trying to get into law school which is 23,000 a semester! Seeing as I am now a grad student majority of help I am unable to recieve a lot of outside resources. The program only starts once a year and my family is never been in a position to help me pay for school. My bachelors left me 40,000 in the hole and I cannot as a mom agree to putting me and my children another 130,000 in the hole. That would be irresponsible to take out that many loans when I do not even know where I'd be able to borrow all that anyhow because the school said I can only do 96,000 in loans to begin with! However no responsible parent would put themselves that far in debt when I have not secured a job yet! So I am looking at all possible avenues and oy have a couple months to do so. Either way it's been my first day and I have not raised a dime, actual I has told on one of my adds that education is not anyones responsibility to pay for but your own! This really brought me down because I have worked hard! Being a mom and a full time student is a task and I did it awesome. Graduated deans list and honor society, I am the first person in my immediate family to go to college and now I have a chance to go to law school. Sad when all your work is done and the money is not there to go any farther. I wish school was free! So if you know any resources or avenues I can try ok please let me know! Also thanks for restoring my faith because I seen people helped you so maybe I'll see a donation after all. Open for advice too!
You are an inspiration! I am trying to raise funds to become a teacher and most of my friends disapprove, but I have 2 jobs, 2 kids and I am going back to a local school that I started at for $989 per credit hour!! I have to graduation and take graduate classes as an alternative to standard methods to fit my classes which kills my financial aide and we already have loans in default. Keep your head up and make something wonderful of yourself. It is never too late!
Amazing, Alexis! You have much to be proud of and I'm sure anyone who "invests" in your education will see a great payout! Ignore people (like John K.) who have no grasp of the facts. 40 years ago (when he was probably struggling through basic classes in college), the average year cost $550 at a public school. Now that average is closer to $20,000 per year. Even with adjustments for inflation, that $550 translates to only $4,000. There is no comparison; college is no longer an affordable endeavor. The cost of undergraduate education has risen 42% since 2000. I am confident that you will graduate and go on to accomplish great things. I am also sure that unlike John, you will never look down on anyone trying so hard (and so successfully) to make something of herself.
Nice work! I am so excited for you to start your future (: Gives me hope to finally start mine!
Wow, how did you spread your word? I'm also raising funds for the final term of my degree to be abroad learning international skills. Keep up the hard work! You're clearly doing an awesome job!
Hi Alexis, I, too, am taking the risk to raise money for my education and am inspired by your beautiful story. I'm so happy for you that you reached your goal. You seem to be a hard-working, driven woman. From one fellow Bostonian to another, I wish you the very best at BU and in your future career.
You go girl!!!! What an awesome story & letter.
Fantastic Alexis educating women and girls is the quickest way to fix the world!! And you are making your mother's best dreams come true, well done!! We have been asked to help finalise Malala's closest friend Parveen's education http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtprX8i2k-Q and we got a breakthrough last Friday by Melbourne University offering a place at Trinity College!! Malala and Parveen (and all Swat Valley girls wanting education) have been targeted by the Talibam to be killed for wanting this. We will not let this happen and now we have secured the Trinity College place for Parveen we will raise the funds to look after her in Australia until she is educated and will then go to help many other girls. We are committed to women's and girls' self-empowerment www.reachers.org You are so INSPIRING Alexis, never stop!
That is so amazing. What is your secret?!
Congrats! I know how hard stuggleing financially can be while trying to better yourself. Most of us can say that we have had some form of help along the way. I only hope that you will pay forward the kindness of strangers. You have well surpassed your goal. Maybe you could help others out by contributing to the scholarship funds at BU or help another struggling student. Good Luck with all that you do!
John, how can you say that she should just work when she is working and there has to be time to go to class and excel. She is young and is trying to be a blessing to her community and I have no doubt that she will be. This takes gutsy faith and a lot of determination to make it to this level, especially being the first in her family to attend college and she will graduate even with people like you out there as a discouragement. SHAME ON YOU
Great job Alexis. Don't let the naysayers keep you from obtaining your goals. John Keil should learn how to read your profile and stop being judgmental.
John do you realize how rude and ignorant that is? It clearly states above that she has TWO jobs! I recently graduated college, but was blessed with a partial scholarship and parents who made enough money to pay my tuition. Higher education is a requirement to get a decent job in this country today, but only those who have parents with college degrees can afford it. I'm sure she has already taken out loans and has worked very hard to save up to pay tuition. She is earning her education by making A's.
Get a job Alexis, stand on your own two feet. Thousands and thousands have done it and you can too. Earn your education!