Help Renato pay for his college studies

Greetings and salutations everyone!

My name is Renato Barreto, a 25 year old portuguese freshman that just got admited into the Faculdade de Belas Artes of the University of Lisbon.

I come to you after thinking hard about this issue I decided to come to you and share my story. Ever since I was a kid I always loved to express myself artistically, started drawing by mimicking my father who unfortunately couldn't follow a carreer as an artist, then handcrafting stuff... also mimicking my father, and as a teenager i taught myself via Youtube how to do digital art, edit videos and sound, and even make special effects for videos, it was then that I saw that there's more to being an artist, there's more ways to express yourself without clinging so hard to just one tipe of media, and my passion for art was cemented. With this newfound wisdom, I managed to finish highschool, but due to some health related issues in the family and depression, I wasn't able to finish it with the grades I desired and felt like I didn't actually developed as I should as an artist.
I was in a bad place, because I didn't manage to get into college, and for a while I worked on various jobs not related at all with arts... and started to disconnect myself from the art world as a whole just like my father, I felt like I was letting both myself AND him down for I was falling in the same trap he did... until a year ago, with the help of some psycotherapy I was able to unlock my love for art once again. I felt passion, I wanted to draw, to write, to animate, to sculpt, to 3D modelling, video editing, I wanted to show my soul to the world and make people smile with my work, that is my number 1 mission as an artist.

With this newfound strength, I decided to enrol once more into college, after 5 years without studying ANYTHING at all, I managed to pass the entrance exams and get accepted into Multimedia Arts course, all because I wanted to become a more complete artist by learning all the types of media I could.

I come to you, asking for your help, because my family can't help me pay for my studies and supplies (art supplies, laptop computer, etc.), I just couldn't live with myself if I had to ask my parents for this when they already gave me so much... and I work in a really stressfull full time job at the moment that pays me 630€ (the minimum wage here in Portugal)... and it just drains all my creativity. In this specific job I was already told that I might not be able to get what we call here in Portugal, a student worker status, which allows me to attend most of the classes, but knowing myself all too well I am certain that I wont be able to make the most out of this moment in my life, and I will just fail again because I will have to miss classes to go to work... and I can't go down into the same hole again, I have so many people believing in me and hoping I will succeed that i can't let them down... I can't let my father down anymore and I can't let myself down either... and for that I am willing to leave my workplace, to take a leap of faith and dedicate myself fully to my studies and doing art... MY art... but for that I need your help...

The money you donate to me will be dedicated solely for my education and artistic development, I set it at 7000€ because I think asking for more would be unnecessary, it would be me just taking advantage of your good will (in my situation atleast). The money would fall in the categories bellow:

- 3 years of college tuition that go for about 700€ each
- A laptop computer for digital art, video editing and other types of media, which ranges from 1000€ upward.
- Licences and assets for software (3D modeling, digital art, video editing, etc.) which vary in prices and if they're a 1 time payment or monthly.
- Art Supplies (pencils, inks, paper, etc.) which also vary in price depending on their quality and quantity.
- Any other expenses that might be needed like food and transportation, because I don't have time to come home between classes to have lunch since it's a bit far (my parents already pay for my public transport pass, but I always found that unnecessary because they need the money).

If you'd like to see some of my work, this link will take you to my website, unfortunately I'm not able to do commissions both because I am unknown and I'd like to dedicate myself fully to college. 

I want to thank you all for the help you will be giving me, for I will be able to leave my workplace that frustrates and stresses me and dedicate myself to what I love. I will also have no issues when I eventually need to do internships or something of the sort once I finish this degree since I will be able to dedicate my time for it.
I will make sure your trust is not misplaced and will finish my degree, get a job I feel good in and where my creative skills can shine, and get a Master's degree. You have my word!

Thank you so much for your support everyone, I mean it... I will make you all proud, just you watch me!

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