Law School Room & Board

My single mother raised me during Zimbabwe's socio-political and economic decline under Robert Mugabe's dictatorial rule. On the one hand, I witnessed the flagrant disregard of the rule of law and the destruction of free institutions by those tasked with perpetuating them. I experienced the biting poverty of a country in which the rulers preyed on the governed. On the other hand, I read about the great American experiment, about people ruling themselves by establishing "a government of laws not of men," and designing the law to facilitate human flourishing. Because of my contrary formative experiences, I was naturally curious about how such things could be so.

The United States Student Achievers Program (USAP), a selective program run by the US Department of state choosing Zimbabwean Students who embodied Academic excellence, Demonstrated leadership potential, Ethos of giving to the community, and Economic disadvantage, admitted me to its class of 2012. The program helped talented and motivated young Zimbabweans to get higher education abroad in countries in the US. However, by the time I had obtained a partial scholarship to St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, and was finalizing my college arrangement, my mother - my sole guardian and provider, fell gravely and subsequently passed away. Thus, it so happened that in my first year of college, I was orphaned, had no relative in the US, and my closest source of support at home was no more.

Notwithstanding the inauspicious beginnings of my journey, I determined to complete with enthusiasm my education on the relationship between the laws and human flourishing. First, I would study the liberal arts, second, the law, and third, practice. This simple plan has been anything but simple in execution. From my first year as an undergraduate at St. John's College to this final year at Cornell Law School, I have stood in continuous peril of being withdrawn by the school every next semester for failure to raise funds for tuition or room or board. However, with the aid of part-time work, scholarships, loans, beneficent souls, and the ever benevolent hand of Providence, I have managed to make it my final semester of law school.

As if following a proverbial script that the darkest hour must come before dawn, my financial challenges have come to a head in my last semester of law school. I could not raise funds for my annual tuition, room, and board, and the university threatened to withdraw me from my classes if I did not settle my accounts by January 7th, 2020. When all hope seemed lost, Providence intervened, and I managed to obtain an institutional loan for my tuition. However, despite the part-time work that I can take to cover my incidental expenses up to the time I expect to start work - August 2021, there are two major expenses for which I need society's help.

My rent averages $800 a month, while I spend around $180 a month on food. Anticipating that I will start work in August 2021, I will need assistance with room and board for eight months. That is a sum of $6,400.00 for rent and $1,440.00 for food, totaling $7,840.00. With this sum, I can take a crucial step to fulfill a dream to understand how the law interacts with society and how we can use the interaction to facilitate human flourishing.

Thank you for your help and support!

Johannes Maronga

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Johannes Maronga 
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Ithaca, NY
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