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Education Unites Us

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Hi, I'm Ilya Kalinin, a dedicated senior at a Wake County school, launching the "Education Unites Us" GoFundMe campaign. This isn't just about funding my college journey; it's a stand against outdated residency laws affecting hardworking, honor roll students like me in North Carolina.

Since 2018, my family, asylum-seekers by status, have been part of North Carolina's fabric. We've immersed ourselves in work, community, and education, believing in the values this state upholds. However, as I near college, I've hit a roadblock: the NC Residency Determination Services classifies me as an out-of-state student. This unfair label not only imposes a financial burden but also questions my sense of belonging in a state that I've grown to love and call home.

The "Education Unites Us" campaign symbolizes a fight for fairness and a push to amend antiquated policies that unjustly impact students like me. It's a plea for recognition and equal rights in education. Your support is a powerful vote for equality, helping not just me but advocating for a future where every student, irrespective of their background, can access higher education on equal terms.

By backing this campaign, you're joining a movement for change, standing up against inequitable laws, and empowering students to contribute positively to our communities. Let's unite under the banner of education and intelligence, forging a path for equitable opportunities in North Carolina.

P.S. Please visit my website at for more information, and help spread the word by making a purchase at our campaign store:

Thank you for supporting my cause, for believing in fairness, and for helping make education accessible to all. Together, we can transform these challenges into opportunities for every student in North Carolina.

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Ilya Kalinin
Raleigh, NC

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