I never like to ask for help, yet here I am.
I am a proud person, so bear with me as I explain the predicament I am
In December of 2019, I finished my third semester at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo. I was slated to continue my education and transfer to UW Milwaukee. A week before I was going to fully move to student housing for school, I found out I am still not considered a legal resident of the state of Wisconsin. Despite the fact of having paid taxes already (2018), and voted in the state, as well as, lived here for 2+ years I am
still not considered a legal resident of the state of Wisconsin. The
reason being is that to be eligible for in-state tuition, I cannot attend classes for a year. 12 consecutive months of no school. I already attended classes for three semesters as a full-time student.
Suffice to say, hearing this news was not easy. So, my plans were basically thrown out the window and I have gone with my last resort which is to stay here in Baraboo where I've been living since September of 2018 (since I started school). I am not a student any longer (because I'm taking a year off regarding the fact I'm still not a legal Wisconsin resident) to hopefully take advantage of the in-state tuition versus paying $12,000+ (part of that would be out of pocket) a semester if I had attended classes and lived in Milwaukee.
I will say this, it's been incredibly challenging, depressing and discouraging with my situation. I have a part-time job where I work concessions
and it's a wonderful position and I absolutely love working there but, it doesn't pay for my rent and that is the reason why I am making this fundraiser.
I have been trying my best to get a second job for a few months now, and could possibly be evicted from the apartment I am in currently if I don't become current with my rent. I also signed on for a renewal of my
lease (which will go up until August). This is the reason why my
fundraiser amount is set at $3,070.00. I would like to be able to feel at
the least, financially stable with my rent so I wouldn't have to worry
about that being held over my head constantly like it is now. I've also
applied for assistance programs regarding monetary/financial
hardships like the one I am in now. Most people would just say that I
should stop being lazy and beat the pavement to find a second job, or
even a third. I have been beating the pavement and applying like mad,
following up with, and trying incredibly hard to find a second job. And
it's HARD. It's a real job trying to find an actual job. It shouldn't be, but
In simple terms, if I am not current with my rent or don't have a
payment plan set up, I could be faced with eviction and then be
homeless. I don't want that to happen.
So, I normally don't ask people for money. Honestly, not ever. But, I'm asking now. I wish I didn't have to ask, but I'm afraid of becoming
homeless and having to live in a homeless shelter. I don't want that to
happen. I'm not expecting people to donate. It's hard enough to
swallow my pride and make something like this. I'm afraid of certain
people seeing it and chastising me and calling me lazy. I don't want to
deal with that either. I'm not being lazy. I'm exhausting all other
avenues of support. So I need the help because this is an emergency.
I need the funds now, which is an incredibly short notice. My next rent payment is due at the beginning of next month. I pay a certain amount every month. $510.00 goes to rent each month and I am currently $1,180.00 over-due. As mentioned, the $3,070.00 would be to cover the
entirety of my Spring and through the Summer lease (renewed).
Again, I don't expect anyone to donate money to this cause. There are
plenty of other causes out there which are FAR more important than
my financial stability.
- T N
- Alice Paad