My name is Olivia Boyd; I am a senior at Lafayette College and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Minor in Chinese in 2019.
I have been studying Mandarin Chinese for approximately eight years now, but I have NEVER been to China. As an advanced student of the language, I have always been fascinated by and interested in learning, knowing and experiencing more about the culture. I applied for and was accepted to participate in an amazing opportunity to study in China during the Winter interim semester. I feel this is my chance to fully integrate myself into an experience I've read about and studied for the past eight years. This trip includes class curriculum that spans multiple locations to include Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin and Hong Kong. Of course, I'll receive college credit which will count towards my degree, but the learning experience alone is well worth the journey.
Unfortunately, this program is not part of my "normal" education plan and not covered by my current tuition plan. Which is why I'm trying to earn and raise the funds on my own. I created this GoFundMe Site to help me reach my financial goal for the trip to China. I'm reaching out to family, friends, and others that feel inspired to help me on my educational quest. I'm asking for support help cover the cost for tuition, supplies, room & board, and any fees not covered by the program or school.
I leave for China the first week of January 2019, and I'm looking forward to this incredible educational journey. I can't wait to send a follow-up note about the trip, so that you can see how valuable this opportunity is for students like myself.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my story and for any support you can provide! Please keep me, the students and teachers that will also be traveling with me to China in your prayers!
Much Love & God Bless,
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