AngelMarie's College Tuition Fund
But first and foremost, please allow me to give you a quick synopsis of my life and why I started this fund to begin with.
My birth parents weren't the best role models for me while growing up and now they don't hold any fixture in my life. Their mistakes and bad decisions were more of my life lessons than they seemed to be for them; I learned backward, so to say, by observing their life choices. Nonetheless, I was left with very little options about my future when I came to the realization that I didn’t have the resources to achieve what I wanted in life. But I applied to college anyway..and I got in!
After high school came to a close, I began attending college in another state away from all that once was. It may seem quite the distance away but due to my upbringing, a person could only understand why I would want a new place to re-establish myself and discover my own identity. I was even awarded a scholarship through the University for outstanding academia throughout my home life turmoil in high school and for the successes I accomplished within my first two years of college.
Life in college has been generous to me. There’s so much to look forward to, both academically and socially. But it gets difficult to enjoy such things when you’re constantly stressing about paying your monthly college tuition and sustaining yourself week to week, all while getting your college education. I find this to be very true with own my college experience because I can’t fall back on family for any assistance. When I'm offered opportunities at school, my first worry is whether or not I can afford the experience, followed by if I can afford missing work.
So I resorted to finding an on-campus job, but now I am working part-time and attending classes for 22 hrs a week, all while juggling in time for homework, sleep, and food. It gets rough and tiresome, but it's worth the endeavor! The education I am receiving is priceless and the opportunities I've been granted are worthwhile!
With that being said, I am in no ways complaining about my college life. I love my classes and the homework I'm assigned. Both are enjoyable and crafted from engaging material. My teachers are lovely, my workplace is great, and the campus is gorgeous.
But money is cluttering my mind and I would really appreciate some help with that particular resource since everything that isn't covered by my scholarships and loans is required to be paid up front for each semester. That is why I’m continuing my account, in hopes to receive further assistance throughout my college endeavor and update those who have donated about my journey through college.
My call to action through this account is to ultimately further people's awareness of the financial burden college places on students like myself. I have no money to my name, yet I have to find means to pay for my stay at college and work even harder to prove myself worthy of such monetary assistance. This is where I am asking for your help. Students like me shouldn't be denied access to college because of the money aspect; we deserve a chance to better ourselves and to be more than what our parents handed us or what society tries to limit us to.
I am thankful for my tough upbringing because now I’m a mature, young adult, who is both independent and attending college against all odds. Life has a quirky way of making bad situations become your best motivators; something of which, I hold dear to my heart. My past keeps me in line for my future because now I have reason to want to achieve higher goals in life and help others like myself.
Thank you to everyone to has helped me throughout my first two years of college. And as I have previously posted, my 3.97 GPA has earned me a post on the Dean's List and has brought me many worthwhile opportunities, all of which wouldn't have been possible without the help of those who have donated to my college fund previously. You all gave me the chance I was asking for to succeed and I am forever thankful for your generosity and kindness. Thank you millions!
This last week, I was given the opportunity to present my Makeup, Hair, and Wig designs for "Iphigenia and Other Daughters" at USITT in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was a humbling experience to present my work with such a talented group of peers, students, and professors. The gallery we created together was impressive! I've learned so much and have seen myself grow significantly throughout the 4 day conference. It's an experience I'll never forget and I hope to return soon and push myself outside of my box, to grow in new directions, and to present my work in a new light. Thank you to everyone who has supported me to this moment! Let's see where else I go in 2018 and beyond!
Please continue to share my story with others and donating what you can so I am able to continue participating in opportunities similar to the Regional conference and National Conference and am able to seek out more learning opportunities to support my craft. Thank you to everyone, I have so many people to thank for my success! #USITT2018 #makeupdesigner #hairdesigner
During my freshmen year at college, I went to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in order to figure out just what it is! I went to workshops, listened to student design presentations, and met some really inspiring theatre professionals!
Last year, I presented 4 presentations myself. I got really great feedback on my designs and was given great advice about what I need to do next in order to improve my craft. As soon as we returned, I immediately put their advice into effect!
This year, I brought 3 presentations I felt really great about! I chose to focus on the projects that I believed really showed my growth as a theatre designer. In return, I got really great feedback from the respondents who also critiqued my presentations from the year previous! I was proud just knowing that theatre professionals recognized my growth and admired my organization. Then, this Friday, the award ceremony for student work began!
Aaaaaand, after two years of great study, determination, self-reflection, and wonderful guidance from my Mentor, I won the National Allied Arts Award for my makeup, hair, and wig design for Iphigenia and Other Daughters!!!!! Now, I leave for Florida in two weeks to present my work at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, where I get to take extensive workshops from professionals all over the nation and compete with student designers across the country for a fully sponsored summer internship at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas! Because of this award and national showcase, my experience and constant hard work as a theatre artist have instantly become rewarding. I have won so much more than an award and many people to thank for this success! ^-^
Here's to seeing where I go next! #KCACTF2018
I wanted to post an update on this semester's adventures and reach out again for your support as the year wraps up and another semester begins!
This semester I have designed to fall productions here at my University, including Costume, Makeup, Hair, and Wig design! It was a long as though producing semester as I tackled this two large assignments, but once I was able to see the beauty of the productions after the design process was over, it was a worthwhile experience that I look forward to doing for the rest of my life. Right now I am beginning my studies for finals week and putting together 3 more design portfolios.
My most memorable experience this semester so far has been designing costumes for a song I have come to deeply admire. The process was challenging and enjoyable as I found symbolism in the words and the song's messages. A picture of that design process can be seen below!
I have also been getting involved in my community, by participating in Trees of Trees events, where volunteers come together to plant trees in my city and a Rake-a-Thon, where volunteers rake up the local forests so than bikers and runners have a clear path as we event the harsher winter months. Photos of this, too, can be seen below.
Next semester I am going to be going to the Region-wide Theatre Festival with my University's theatre program and I am greatly looking forward to another year of inspiration and competition with fellow theatre-makers! I will also be taking 20 credits, including Makeup Pedagogy, Medieval Philosophy, 3-D Design, Painting II, Intermediate Spanish, Criminology, and Classical Theatre. All of which I am looking forward to as the mark the beginnings of my more rigorous studies as my time here at the University comes to a close.
Additionally, I am asking for some more financial assistance when it comes to the costs of Tuition, the Region-wide theatre festival, and required items for classes. Any amount would be greatly appreciated and would go towards buying new course materials, various art & design supplies, my travel expenses to the theatre festival, and for my tuition itself.
And again, as always, thank you to the individuals who have already donated to my fund and who continue to read about my college adventure. I am always grateful for your generosity and know that without you I would not be standing on my feet now, here as this University. So thank you again for everything, financial assistance, emotional support, and kind wishes! I hope you have a great holiday season!
As promised here is another update about my college experience! I was recently told that I would be designing the first fall production this upcoming term, which includes the costumes, makeup, hair, and any wigs that may be involved. This is a great opportunity and responsibility to be given and I am beginning my preliminary design concepts over the summer. So, in order for my education at the university to continue to prosper, I am asking you to continue to share my link with others and to engage in the politics of higher education more deeply!
As always, thank you to all those who have donated, plan to donate, and those who have shared my story with others! I am grateful for your support and encouragement. -AngelMarie