Pursuing my dream

Hello my name is Elias Araya and I am an international student playing soccer for Georgia Military College, the number 1 team in the nation for JUCO. Due to being an international student, I cannot be employed nor ask for loans. With that being said, I'm currently with no scholarships and I have a father who is having to pay my brother's tuition as well which is making it really difficult to pay off my tuition and housing expenses. I came to the United States from Chile to pursue my dream of playing soccer and get my education as well. I am not the type to do this but I am left with no viable option as I have to pay off my first quarter of tuition by November 5th($2,000). I have been able to pay $600 off by working under the table jobs and doing yard sales. Like I said, I have done everything in my power to raise as much as I can but with the time I have left, it is making it almost impossible for me to raise the amount I need. I have the opportunity to go to the National tournament next month where many D1 college coaches will be attending and is a huge chance for me to take my soccer and educational career to next level. With that being said, I would be considered ineligible and all credits would be lost if I were not to pay the remaining dues. The fact of the matter is that If I do not continue to go to school, It will violate my visa and leave me with no option but to return to Chile.  Any help would be highly appreciated. Whatever amount it may be, any help would mean everything to my family and I.  May God bless you all


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Elias Araya 
Gainesville, GA
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