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Hi, my name is Marielle Ortinez and I'm an International Student at Langara College in Vancouver BC studying theatre arts at the renowned Studio 58

I'm originally from Mexico and came to Vancouver two years ago to pursue my dreams in the arts. Studying at Studio 58 has been an amazing journey that has helped me grow as a person and as an artist and has given me the confidence to go further on this path.

I feel really privileged to have been chosen to be part of the program since they only take 16 students each term. The journey has been tough as the school is very demanding physically and mentally, leaving very limited time to work during the semester - in fact it is prohibited as per the program's policy, which does not leave me enough to cover the expenses of living in this town or the tuition for international students (Three times the tuition of a domestic student).

So far, me and my family have managed to cover expenses and save money from our savings, work, and line of credit but unfortunately, those resources are not enough to cover my last semester.

Because of my status as an international student, I am not eligible for financial help from my college or banking institutions which has made matters complicated. That is why I've come to you.

Next semester will be my last one; I'm so close to completing this stepping stone in my life and seeing my path unfold. Being an artist is not only a dream for me, but is a life path, and with only one semester to go, it would pain me profoundly to not be able to complete it.

Thank you for reading and for your support.

Sincerely, Marielle


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Marielle Ortinez
Vancouver, BC

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