I was lucky. In my junior year of high school, I went to the U.S. on an exchange program. At sixteen, I was with a wonderful, supportive host family in a different country, a space evacuated from assumptions about my future. Thanks to that year, I learned about American universities. I applied the year later, got an offer, and decided to go. My mom did not know what kind of school Brown was — but I assured her it was alright.
It has always been palpable: the exceptional fortune of coming to Brown, with full scholarship support, from a Russian public school and from a working-class family that does not speak English.
This awareness strenghens my aspiration to bring Mom to my Brown graduation, and to share with her the culmination of the last four years of my life.
To realize this aspiration, I ask for your help: anything you can contribute to the $2,000 to cover the airfare, accommodation, and U.S. visa fees.
Friends — old ones in Russia and newfound ones in America — thank you for our rapport and for your support.
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