For those of you who don't know me, I am Genesis Garcia, a Junior and American Studies major at Tufts University. Next semester I am expected to study abroad in Spain.
As a low-income, first-generation college student, I am only able to attend Tufts on major financial aid. At the beginning of this fall semester, my university notified me that I had a refund available on my account (meaning the university had given me more money than was expected for tuition), and as a struggling college student, I requested it. This was a godsend as I hadn't been able to save up any money for my study abroad trip to Spain this coming semester. Additionally, in order to secure my expenses abroad, I also applied to a study abroad scholarship, which I fortunately received--a $2000 award--and for the first time ever I called my mom and told her "Mom, don't worry. We're good."
Just this past week, however, I encountered 2 problems:
1. I received my e-Bill from my university informing me that I have a $919 balance for my Spring semester because of the refund that I requested. So all the money I thought I had will now be going towards my Spring semester tuition.
2. I have been advised that the study abroad scholarship will actually be replacing my Tufts Grant and the unearned work-study I have left for this semester. This means that I am not actually getting any extra money at all and I will no longer be able to work my work-study job for the rest of this semester, money that I use for everyday expenses.
This entire semester, I was under the impression that I had at least some money saved for my trip abroad, but now I am left with a little less than $90 because the rest of it will be spent on my Spring semester bill. I am trying my hardest to sell the things I don't need (the make-shift entrepreneur that I am) and apply for as many psych studies as possible, but this is not enough in the amount of time that I have left--I leave January 9th.
At the very least, I am trying to raise the money my study abroad scholarship would've given me. Any donation will help and will be greatly appreciated.
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