Help Lissy Finish Her Senior Year!

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Raised by 120 people in 42 months
Hello loved ones!  I realize I already made a GoFundMe account earlier this year, and was overwhelmed with the support I recieved.  I have never felt so grateful for the kindness of my friends, family, and even acquaintences.  It was through this generosity that I was able to return to Bard for my senior Fall semester.
Unfortunately, my Spring semester was not part of my last campaign, and I'm faced with paying off quite a large balance to finish my senior year and graduate with a major in Environmental and Urban Studies.  I'm currently working on my senior project (a requirement of all Bard seniors) focused on one of my greatest passions in life—environmental education.  When I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in environmental and outdoor education, working with inner city youth.
 (My trip as a mentor with The Women's Wilderness Institute)


The past few years have been a huge struggle for my family.  As many of you know, my father passed away in February of 2013.  His sickness was a huge drain on our finances, and his beloved painting business was our main source of income.  We ended up losing our house in the summer of 2013, relying on the amazing generosity of our friends and family members for places to stay throughout the year (the good news is, my mom recently found an apartment!).

Bard College is an amazing but expensive school.  Over the past 3 years, I have come to think of this place as my second home.  I have had the opportunity to study the environment through the lense of the Hudson River, which is right on campus.  I have been able to foster my musical passions through my A Capella group, Chamber Choir, and my two bands, Lissums  and Choom Gang
(Playing with my bluegrass band, Choom Gang)

 I am an active member of the Bard Community, and would love the chance to continue to participate in the wonderful academic and extracurricular opportunites availabe at my beloved Bard College!

The issue is, I need $4,500 to pay off my Spring balance.  I've received an extremely generous amount of scholarship money from the financial aid department.  I have taken out government loans, and explored taking out private loans, but would need to secure a cosigner, which seems unlikely at this moment.  Any contribution to my campaign counts towards my education, and no gift is too small.  I need all the help I can get!!

Much love,
Lissy Darnell
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Hello hello again my friends! I cannot believe how generous you all have been in this crazy journey towards my graduation. Thank you thank you again! My thank you note list is really adding up! Unfortunately, I must ask you for help once again.

Life update: I am currently deep in the depths of writing my senior project about one of my greatest passions, Environmental Education in young adults, and most of my time these days has been spent pouring over studies of educational theory, writing non-stop, and trying to figure out just what aspects of environmental education programs make the most significant impact on adolescents, leading them to become environmentally conscious and active citizens in adulthood.

As for after graduation, I have received a scholarship and been selected for a summer research project by the LUCE Foundation, during which I will travel to Japan to study organic and sustainable farming practices. I will be placed on an organic Japanese host farm, where I will be learning about the rich tradition of sustainable farming in Japan through hands-on experience and total cultural immersion! After this project, I plan to get my NOLS Instructor certification so that I may pursue my dreams of leading environmental education trips in the outdoors!

But before all of this, I must be able to afford the final amount due in order to receive my degree in Environmental and Urban Studies from Bard College!

I recently received an email from the Bard Office of Student Accounts (who has been incredibly supportive and understanding) stating that I still owed $806.31. These costs account for a graduation fee and insurance fees, as well as some miscellaneous expenses that I must pay as I leave Bard.
So here I am again, asking for your help for the final payment.
Any contribution is valuable, even if that contribution is sharing my campaign with your facebook friends, work associates, community groups, bible study buddies, or any benevolent celebrities/philanthropists that you may happen to be close friends with ;D

Once again, I never expected to receive all of the support I did in this campaign, and I want to stress that this journey to graduation would not have been possible without the amazing selflessness of all donors, big and small. I have so much love for every one of you.


My thesis essentials: books + chocolate!
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Tuition is due in 3 days. We can do this!! <3
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So close!! :D :D :D :D :D Bard here I come!
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Hope everyone is snuggled up and staying warm tonight!
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Raised by 120 people in 42 months
Created November 19, 2014
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38 months ago

dear Lissy, Sending you a little bit of love & support from Lizzie & me.

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