Support a Tahitian with MBA tuition at CSULB

Hello dear friends, community:
I would like to thank you to devote a few minutes of your busy day to know more about my story, it definitely means a lot to me!

My name is Poerani Tapare-Pin and I am from Tahiti, French Polynesia. Since I was 11 years old, I’ve always dreamt about studying in the United States due to its dynamic economy and fast paced lifestyle. You may already know that college tuition is expensive and while I never had enough financial resources, I promised myself to overcome any obstacles to make my dream come true!
During my bachelor degree at the Ecole de Commerce de Tahiti, I had the opportunity to do internships. I completed the last one at GUESS Inc in Los Angeles, CA for 5 months in the purchasing department. For me, that experience was a first step towards my goal and a great way to learn more about the work culture in California.
Then, I returned to Tahiti where I performed casual jobs and prepared my application for the Accelerated MBA program specialized in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at California State University, Long Beach.
One of the requirements was the GMAT (computerized test) for which it is forbidden to use a calculator for the Quantitative part. But, since we don't have the resources in Tahiti, I did a research online to create my own lessons and I used a platform to practice the questions specific to the GMAT for 2-3 months. Then, I had to travel by myself to the US just to take the exam because we also lack the infrastructure. I hadn't reached my desired score the first time but I kept going and retook the test until my score was good enough for me. The saying I always remember is that failure is NOT fatal.
In June 2018, I got accepted at Cal State Long Beach and to be honest I would’ve never thought that me from Tahiti could be selected among thousands of applicants. I was the happiest girl in the world, especially knowing that the MBA is a very competitive program to join. Unfortunately, I couldn’t start the program in August 2018 because I was informed late that a proof of funds was needed for the entire program (2 years) but I only had half of the amount.

Although I was very disappointed, I quickly thought about a plan B and discovered that the university also offers the MBA Preparation Program (9 months). I promptly applied for that and as soon as I received a positive answer, I flew to Australia to do my student visa for we don’t have a US embassy in Tahiti.
During the same period, I was selected by the Rotary club in Tahiti and New Zealand to participate to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership program) this past June 2019 in Auckland. I am forever grateful for the chance Rotary gave me to attend its intensive leadership program alongside 117 other people from different parts of NZ, Australia and Pacific Islands. We spent a full week without electronics and it felt good to focus only on the present moment reminding me what truly matters. It was such a memorable adventure because I truly felt the friendship from everyone.
A few weeks later, I decided to fly to Australia with my savings with the aim of learning from new people in a different setting. I found a job two weeks after I’ve arrived in Sydney as a brand ambassador for charities. I would’ve never imagined myself doing door knocking but I wanted to try something different than the typical office work. I pushed my limits to surmount the daily long walks, sometimes on hills or during rainy and super hot days (40C/100F) but at least I was contributing to the relief of the bush fires’ victims.
Once I complete my MBA degree, I plan to start my own business in the field of healthy and organic products and later on, to launch my own association for the protection of animals and our environment in Tahiti. In my eyes, it is essential to give back to the community when we are in the position to do it. In addition, I wish to inspire other Tahitians to continue in higher education and chase their dreams no matter the challenges they face.

My tuition due for Fall 2020, will be 45,600 USD for the 2 years and it covers the fees, textbooks and required materials. Unfortunately, scholarships' offers are rare for islanders and I am saving as much as I can with my salary but it is not enough. Therefore, your financial assistance will be greatly appreciated and I strongly believe that when everyone comes together any type of amount has a huge impact.

Thank you all for being an important part of my journey!
Poerani Tapare-Pin
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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