Just over two and a half years ago, I took a chance and launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay my tuition at Boston University. I was a sophomore with two jobs, an overloaded class schedule and nowhere near enough money to afford my next semester at the university I had worked so hard to attend. Despite my strong academic record and involvement in student activities, my future was still dependent on the amount of money in my bank account.
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.
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,
I am really and truly in awe right now. I have never seen so many people work so quickly to help someone before. I would have never imagined that someone would be me. Today you all showed me that there is love in this world and that hard work is never in vain no matter how hopeless a situation seems. You all have brought me to tears multiple times today and I still cannot believe we raised $5000 in about 27 hours. You all are incredible and I will pay every cent forward as I continue on the road to success. I'm in the process of writing thank you emails, cards and comments and I will get to everyone! WE DID IT!!!!!!!
My name is Alexis-Brianna Felix and I am a sophomore at the College of Communication at Boston University studying public relations and sociology. I have worked exceptionally hard to make it here and I am proud to say that I am making the most of my college experience. I maintained a 3.78/4.0 GPA last semester and have continued receiving all A's so far this semester. I am holding down both a job tutoring elementary school students at a YMCA after-school program and a research position for a Boston-based consulting company. I am also a member of BU's Latin dance team, M.U.S.I.C. I love my school and am doing well here academically, socially and emotionally. However, I am not doing well financially.
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.
After meeting and interviewing you for my 201 paper, you are one of the most genuine and humble people I have met here at BU. I can't even describe how inspired and moved I am through this story. I really enjoyed writing my profile on you and I really hope to see you in future classes!!