This is me. I am Marival Parish. I am nineteen years old and I currently attend the University of Florida. I major in Theatre Performance (Acting) and although the payout is not guaranteed, I'd rather study what I love, than struggle with a mundane life. I am a person characterized by my ambitions, endless energy, with a few good jokes in between.
This is my hometown, Hollywood, Florida, a place that is characterized by the beach and palm trees. Hollywood is where I aspired for the best I could do; I juggled a job at Starbucks to support my family's income, I volunteered regularly, I achieved the top 5 percent of my class in high school, played basketball, overextended myself with clubs such as Leadership and Mu Alpha Theta, and managed to make lifelong friends. How did I cope with all of this? Drama Club. Acting was my outlet.
These are my parents. They love football and good times. My dad is a teacher, and my mom is the proud mom who chaffeurs friends to and from games and plays. They struggle financially, but supported me however they could. They could be spotted cheering for my sister and I in sports, watching the plays we were in, making food for kids in the community, and cracking jokes to whomever will listen. And I am so fortunate. My parents aren't divorced. They love eachother. And they both are very much alive. They're just good people, doing what they can to make it in this world.
Recently, our little house was foreclosed. My parents are relying on the help of family friends to make ends meet. They are currently struggling in a hotel. Soon, they will move to an even smaller apartment with a much higher rent. I am stuck at UF, in a Residence Hall as the RA. And likewise, I'm getting evicted come August 1st, 2014.
The Department of Housing wants their money. I don't have it. As an RA during the Summer B term, I was offered no finacial aid, since I only could afford three credit hours (half the amount for the full-time student). I owe $1818.65 with late fees included for housing, tuition, and fees. I tried applying for loans but was denied each time, due to the 3 credit hours I was taking.
I asked if I could pay with Fall Financial Aid, when the time came, since I could easily cover the costs then. I was denied.
I refuse to do nothing about this situation. The Department of Housing wants me to vacate Friday, August 1st, if I do not pay up money I don't have. But I will have nowhere to go. And I will be chasing my big city dreams back at square one.
It's difficult for me to swallow my pride and actually ask for help. I'm the kind of person who powers through the bad times, but this is one bad time I can not. I don't have anywhere near that amount of money, and with my job, I can't even make a dent in the dues. Please support me, and I will be eternally grateful. From the smalllest donation to sharing this page, any and all help is very much appreciated! Thank you!
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