I'm a Homeless College Student
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Hello! My name is Zoe. I was born with a severe birth defect that I have had over 20 surgical operations to correct, and I was raised by an emotionally abusive and mentally unstable mother who has been unable to take care of me for most of my life. Due to poor financial decisions on my mother's part, and my medical expenses, I have lived in poverty my entire life. So, I was dealt a pretty bad hand. So what? Lots of people had it even worse, and still made it out alive and well. None of it mattered to me, I kept on doing my best and survived diagnosed severe depression with little help or support, 2 suicide attempts, and the abuse and neglect I faced from my mother. I'm still here, despite everything. It's a pretty great accomplishment, if you ask me. Not exactly things you can put on a resume, though. Today, I am living on a friend's couch, and I am not receiving any financial assistance from my parents. None. Because I am a college student, Florida law requires that I have a part-time job to qualify for food stamps. What? If I have no money for food, and I am going hungry, realistically, I will not be able to afford transportation and other related expenses that getting a job requires. No one wants to listen to this, though. It often feels like there are impossible obstacles placed in my way to keep me from succeeding, but it makes me want to fight harder. I'll admit, though- it's kinda hard to fight when you have no food, and some days I get beat down pretty hard when I think about this huge, terrifying picture in front of me. That's why I am asking for assistance from people who can spare it, people who want to help me. Please, if you can, donate. This is more of a dire situation than I care to admit, and I absolutely do not want to risk the chance of losing my education because of circumstances I cannot control. Thank you for reading.