Hello, my name is Maria Jose and I am in need of your help. I am a rising senior at Occidental College. I am a Latinx Studies and a CTSJ (Critical theory and social justice) major. I recently had to leave my home because it was very toxic. At the beginning of the summer, I came out to my parents. All my parents could say is that my sickness needed to be fixed via the church. They went weeks without acknowledging my existence until I guess they had enough. My mom was so enraged and yelled at me saying "maldigo el dia que deje ir a esa pinche escuela. Maldigo el dia que te deje seguir estudiando"(I curse the day I let you go to that damn school. I curse the day I let you continue getting an education). My parents said they rather see my rott in my room that allow me to continue my studies so I had to leave my home. I left with nothing but $40 and a change of clothes. I have nothing. Luckily a friend took me in but if I do not raise this money I will likely not finish college at all and will be unable to graduate. I only have two semesters left of school. I am extremely close to earning my degrees, but I need your help to do that. I am a first generation college student and these degrees mean everything to me and my community. I just want to walk the stage and be able to stand proud of who I am. Donate whatever you can and please share this post. Thank you all for reading.
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