Scarletts SOAS Masters Fundraiser
My work as both an Arts Practitioner and a Teacher has enabled me to work with young offenders, substance abusers, victims of gender violence and gifted and talented students from low socio-economic demographics. Growing up in what would have been considered a disadvantaged background, enables me to empathise and inspire the people I work with to believe that with aspiration and support you can really become happy, healthy, contributing members of society. I see my career continuing to work on a humanitarian level integrating teaching, healing and creativity with a view to lecturing and establishing an exchange programe and youth referral centre in the future. Achieving a place at the School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS) will enable me to do this. I need your help to make this work!
The target amount is the cost of my tuition fees over the next two years. All of the money donated will be paid directly to the university. I will continue to support myself and my son's living costs through my part time work in the community.
The MA in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS, will allow me to present my grassroots work with the community as a solid piece of research. It will also give me the opportunity to broaden my creative skills by allowing me to study more global forms of digital media such as television and radio broadcast - all with a view of sharing these practices with the young people who I create curriculum for. Having realised that I am more then a photographer or a teacher - I am excited about the prospect of returning to study with far more focus and drive to integrate my personal and professional experiences.
Despite my academic and professional success, I still have very little support from family and as a single mother there are as many challenges, as there are moments of joy. I believe that with the help of the you the public, I will be able to fully reach my potential and will pass the good will on through my continued work with our local and global communities.
Thank you for reading this and I look forward to sharing my progress with you all in the future.
This year I have been learning about Global Media and Postnational Communication, Qualitative research methods and African and Asian cultures in contemporary Britain.
Now having completed all of my courses I am now in the final stages of my masters course with only my dissertation left to write.
Alongside the kindness and generosity of you donators, and through my work in the community I have now paid paid for the majority of my £7600 fees whilst also managing the costs of living for me and my son.
Now all I need is £750 to fully cover my fees. Any gesture large or small is much appreciated as are good wishes and love if you don't have any money to give!
Thank you thank you thank you in advance. Love you all.
During this time I continued to work with young offenders promoting healthy relationships through photography and drama with Photofusion, Lambeth Youth Offending services and Children in Need. I was also a speaker at both the London Arts Fair and the National Photography Symposium about increasing diversity and access within photography.
I learned and developed so much through my studies and continued work in the community and I cannot wait to get started again - this time with a focus on my dissertation.
I could not have made it this far without the help of all of my generous supporters and whilst I have been working hard to save money to pay for the remainder of my course - I still need help to achieve my final goal.
I appreciate all of your positive thoughts and encouragement even if you are not able to donate.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...
Lets pay the love forward!
I have paid SOAS the first installments of my fees!! The amount now needed has lowered and will continue to do so as I pay my fees off over the next year.
Without all of your help this wouldn't have been possible. The next two years will definitely be a struggle financially as I have lectures on every day so will find it hard to find additional work to supplement my income. However being broke is nothing new to me - it just means I have to continue to be inventive, resilient and eternally optimistic.
Below are the confirmed courses that I have chosen for my MA:
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity.
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication.
Digital traditional broadcasting communication
Sound Recording and Production
Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries
Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries.
I am also excited to get involved in the wider community of SOAS with its extra curriculum activities, societies and student organisations for political and social change.
I thank you for reading and all of your continued support
With love and light
I am very happy to have been part of this project and am looking forward to the imminent release of the catalogue. This event will showcase academic research, the visual arts and debate to look at the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain. For anyone interested in coming along click on the link below: