After what seemed like an eternity away from school, I decided in August 2010 to reenter college as a full-time student. My decision to do so was not based on social gratification, peer pressure or "fitting in" --college is too expensive for that-- but it was birthed out of years of frustration, lack and an overwhelming sense of underachievement. What I understood then and even more so now, is that in order to achieve goals, mountains must be climbed, rivers must be crossed and dirt must be dug. Essentially, work must be done. So I packed my hand-me-down car, the blue bomber, and left the sunny coast of Southern California to the arid land and unforgiving temperatures of Arizona to enroll in Arizona State University.
Since I've been enrolled, I have excelled in the classroom and I've also been blessed with the opportunity to be influential in the lives of many students on campus. But the reality is that regardless of the excellent grades I receive, or the model student I've become, at the end of the day, the university requires me to pay tuition, housing, books and other fees to stay enrolled. I am only two semesters away from graduation and the closer I get, the harder it becomes. The obstacle I face isn't complacency, poor grades, or lack of campus involvement; it is the fear of not being able to afford to finish.
I am humbly asking that you help me to cover a balance of $6,000 so that I can continue my education at Arizona State. I've applied for scholarships, grants, personal loans, private loans, university loans and work study. ANY amount that you are able to contribute will be greatly appreciated. Even if you are unable to support monetarily, your prayers, encouragement, and well-wishes are needed. Your contribution will allow me to obtain my bachelor's degree in Urban Planning and pursue a dream of building infrastructure in lesser developed communities and countries. You all have my prayers as well, God bless you!
A hungry and needy college student,
Jairus (JR) Williams
P.S. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email, phone, Skype, face-time, Google Plus, Facebook, twitter, you name it, I have it!!
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