Despite these struggles, I have worked hard to contribute to the University and Edmonton communities. I have been very involved within my faculty association, serving as the vice-president international and tasked giving voice to the experiences of international students at Campus Saint-Jean and the university at large. In 2017-2018, I served as president for the African Student Association; organizing events that highlighted the cultural diversity of the continent and offered space for students of African descent to formulate solutions for the betterment of our communities. I have also served as the president for the World University Services of Canada, a program designed to sponsor refugee students to come and study in Canada. Finally, I have served as the President of International Students’ Association (ISA), representing the voices that are often ignored in the University community. Last year, with our advocacy work, we had a protest with the help of our Students’ Union to address the challenges around unpredictable and high tuition. Due to ISA’s contribution, students have seen progress, with the Government of Alberta passing Bill 19 to regulate tuition, and tackle issues such as unpredictable International tuition fees.
I am determined to ensure that international students coming after me do not have to face the same challenges I faced. I appreciate the country that has taught me this lesson, and many others, and I would like to eventually call Canada my home. When I graduate, I am planning to give back as a educator, community member and a citizen. However, in order for that to even occur, I first need to graduate. The only thing standing in the way for my convocation is the $10,000 I have to pay for this semester’s tuition.
Please help me graduate. Any donation, even as little as $5 or $10, would be incredibly appreciated!
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