Giova's Masters Dream

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Giovanna Castro Salas  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Gio and I are students at Hult International Business School, where we hoped to learn and grow together. But shortly into the school year, the Venezuela government denied her request to transfer funds to America. She can no longer feasibly fund her living costs here in San Francisco. I'm asking for help on her behalf because, as Gio says below, studying here has always been a dream of hers.

"“My dream since I was 15 years old was to study abroad in a place where I could use English.

I went to a good National University in  Venezuela where I ranked 90 out of 6000 students to in Industrial Engineering. When I graduated I still had the same dream, but I realized I needed to focus on my career and  make money to afford a Masters. I began my career of 7 years ago and I developed myself in three main areas: product distribution, operational management and supply quality engineering.

Every time I came across marketing I was drawn to it so I decided to switch careers.

One year ago I decided to come to the US and join a Master in International Marketing program.  I took all my savings and started saving even more money to prepare myself to be here.

You may not know my country or the difficulties that
people like me go through to be here in the US.  For Venezuelans to be able to pay for tuition and living expenses, we need to ask the government for special permission to exchange to others countries’ currency in at official rate. This means that we are not free to exchange our local currency per dollars. I came before getting this approval because my program started in September.  After 3 months waiting for my approval my
permission was rejected after school started and now I’m in the US.

Right now I need your help to be able to finish my Masters. I’m not asking for tuition just for me to be able to stay all year. I need USD 20,000 and then plan to work to pay back the loans for school.

I love the experience and the life that I’m living -  spending time with new friends from around the world and soaking all the lessons that professors, staff and people in San Francisco has to offer.  Please help me reach my dream of studying in the US by helping me pay for a year of rent and food.

I will be immensely grateful to you all my life and I will give it back with hard work. I promised myself to help people as soon as I recover. I want to make you, my parents, my family and friends proud of my achievements. And I’m not planning on resigning on my dream.”
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Update 10
Posted by Jennifer Johnson
49 months ago
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015!
Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo 2015!

Thank you all who gave me the courage to continue my journey. I know this new year is going to be the year I achieve my dream.

Gracias a los que me han dado el coraje para continuar mi viaje. Se que este año nuevo sera el año que consiga mi sueño.

Gracias de nuevo!
Thank you again!
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Update 9
Posted by Jennifer Johnson
50 months ago
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Thanks to a wonderful girl Moyra for this video.
Gracias Moyra por este video.
Please help me finish my dream!
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Update 8
Posted by Jennifer Johnson
50 months ago
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Con la llegada del día de acción de gracias, quisiera darle las gracias a todos quienes desinteresadamente me han ayudado en esta campaña. He estado recibiendo sus donaciones, y me siento muy feliz de contar con gente que siendo nuevos amigos, viejos amigos, gente que nunca veo, sepan que están presentes en mis oraciones.
Un abrazo gigante..

With the arrival of thanksgiving, I want to say THANK YOU to all my new & old friends, people who I have not known or have been away from me for a long time. I want you to know you all are in my prayers. I send you a huge hug.
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Update 7
Posted by Jennifer Johnson
50 months ago
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Queridos amigos, me di cuenta que solo escribí en ingles. En español y resumido les cuento:
Desde que tenia 15 años tuve el sueño de estudiar en el extranjero una maestría que me apasionara. Hace un año tome la decision de convertir ese sueño en realidad, reuní todos mis ahorros de 7 años de carrera profesional y me vine a estudiar una maestría en comercio internacional en USA, estoy disfrutando cada momento al máximo, he conocido gente maravillosa quienes me han apoyado mucho en estos últimos días.

Porque estando en Venezuela, reuní todos los requisitos y realice la solicitud al ente que regula el cambio de divisas a moneda extranjera en mi país. Tuve que venirme antes de saber respuesta a esta solicitud porque empezaba clases, luego de un mes estudiando aquí mi solicitud fue rechazada. En este momento me encuentro en una situación bastante apremiante, si no logro recaudar antes del 18 de Diciembre el pago parcial a mi universidad y los gastos de vida, tendré que decirle adios a ese sueño que tengo.

Ahora necesito de tu ayuda para terminar mi master y terminar de hacer mi sueño realidad. Estaré toda la vida agradecida por tu colaboración conmigo, y prometo devolver con mi trabajo y me prometí a mi misma, en cuanto me recupere, ayudare a las personas que mas lo necesiten, así como tu me estas ayudando hoy. Quiero que mis padres, amigos y tu se sientan orgullosos de mis logros. Y no tengo la minima intención de renunciar a este sueño.

Gracias

Giovanna
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