My name is Derek Barney and I’m a student at Weber State University. In the past year I have taken multiple Japanese language and culture classes, where I enjoyed learning about their unique culture. Since then it’s been my goal to travel to Japan. Then I was recently accepted to study abroad in Japan at Kansia Gaidia University in Osaka, Japan to participate in a four month long exchange student program. I’m excited about this rare opportunity, to not only further my college education but be experiencing their culture first hand.
The program is roughly four and a half months long and will consist of in class-instruction of various language and cultural topics such as intercultural communications, language skills, and marketing/business across cultures. I will experience interacting with students at Kansia Gaidia University including other exchange students from around the world. Taking a global approach to create strong bonds across different cultures is a tremendous opportunity that I’m definitely looking forward to doing.
My tuition will be $8,000, which includes expenses for room, board, and flights to and from Japan. The problem is that with my school’s program I will need to pay this amount upfront. I’ve applied but have not yet been granted any scholarships. However, these will only help to reimburse me and won’t cover the initial fees to go. Which is still well beyond what I can afford. Therefore, I am asking for your financial assistance to help me achieve my dream. I am grateful for any amount you can give.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this, I understand how busy everyones lives can be. Even if you don't end up donating it means a lot that you're here. Please help any way you can, even if it’s simply sharing this with a friend to help support my dream.
P.S. I plan on making a separate social media page while studying abroad that I will share and send to everyone that donates. This way you can see my progress in Japan!
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