Study Abroad Expenses

Hey guys! This is a fund raiser for my trip to Italy where I will be studying Art and Journalism. Heres my story, I moved to Washington state when I was a freshman in high school because my mother could not afford to live in the city of Los Angeles any longer as a single parent. When we arrived, we made a 10 year plan together. This plan was to save enough money so we could move to Italy. As a young teen I was convinced this would happen, but as the years passed I realized keeping this hope of leaving Washington State to Italy would be no more. On our arrival we had moved into my great grandmothers house in August of 2012. My mom had just got her pharamacy technician license and she needed to find a job before she could live on her own with me. But this job search came to an end when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2012. The recovering process was very long and hard for her. Since this happened my mother has had a very hard time trying to find jobs because of the expiration of her pharamacy license and time she has taken to be a stay at home nurse for my 97 year old great grand mother.  Our income is very very little as I only have one part time job and go to school full time. As of now I am supporting myself fully trying to pay my car insurance and what other expenses I have and because I barely make enough to pay my bills I have no money saved. This has become a huge issue for me because since I will be attending Italy, I have to worry about my travel and food expenses.  This has been my dream to go to Italy since 2012 when I was 15 years old! Crazy thing is, I was on a waiting list for this for a very long time and somehow got lucky enough where I was selected for the slot! And now that I have been accepted into the program to go I have decided that this has to be my fate and no matter what I have to do I'm ready for the challenges ahead.  I would love to get into fashion design one day and have recently been practicing sewing. I hope that this trip will expand my knowledge of the Italian culture and will influence me to make some italian inspired designs and clothing that I can sell one day. This trip will change my academic life forever. Thank you SO much for reading and hearing my story guys! Anything will help and will seriously go a very long way. See you guys on the other side.


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Cloe Petricca 
Tacoma, WA
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