Help Dallas Receive Her Edgewood College Diploma Jan. 2015
Organized by: Dallas Riddle
I am so relieved and excited to announce that I have worked out a plan with Edgewood College that would allow me to finish my schooling and attend graduation. Buuuuut there’s a catch, I will not be able to receive my diploma and my transcripts will be placed on hold until my tuition is paid. This will make it difficult to get a job after graduation and I might not be able to apply to UW Madison for their Child welfare fellowship program. With that in mind I am going to continue my fundraiser so that I can keep moving forward with my accomplishments. Thank you to everyone that has donated so far. It really means a lot to me.
So here I am, publicly begging friends, family and complete strangers to help fund my education so I can be an asset to my community through my Human Services degree at Edgewood College. My education means everything to me. It has taken me 7 years to get this far and there has been a lot of blood (paper cuts are the WORST!), sweat and tears along the way. And now, with one semester to go, it seems like I might not make it after all. To say that I am desperate is an understatement. If there was some sort of Battle Royale or Hunger Game competition in which I had to fight to the death to receive my education I would do it and I would win! But I live in a place where that’s not a real thing so I’ll just use my words and beg instead.
Pleeeeeeeeeaase help me finish my last semester at Edgewood College and graduate by donating to my fundraiser! Your donation will go to my College tuition summer and fall semester and help me earn my bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services. Every donation counts, big or small, I need it all! By the end of the summer I need to raise $2,700 so I can continue on to fall semester, my FINAL semester. HOWEVER, that is just the first roadblock. I have had a long seven year journey to get this far and even after my scholarships, grants and loans which I’ve exhausted, I will not have enough coming my way to pay off this coming fall semester in time for my commencement ceremony. That puts me at a rough estimate of $8,421 by the end of December that I will owe. So I’m looking at a total estimate of around $11,121. Again, this is after my loans, grants and scholarships. To put it honestly, I am absolutely terrified I won’t make it. But I’m not lying down just yet. I will also be working as much as I can and exploring more scholarships and possibly responding to seedy craigslist ads (just kidding I’d rather participate in a Battle Royale). But I need your help!
So you might be asking…
What is Human Services?
The Human Service profession is a broad field that works with individuals, groups, and communities to help solve social problems and provide services to those in need. It also focuses on learning how to work with people of diverse cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. My goal is to work within Child Welfare, acting as a voice and an advocate for children and families so that they can, at a minimum, have their most basic needs met and broaden their futures.
Why should you care? Why help me?
Well first let me say that I am a very serious, dedicated and driven student. I have consistently been on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll throughout my college career. I have sacrificed so much in these seven years. School has always come first. I have placed my relationship, friends and family second to school and work. I have viewed my education as the foundation of my career, my life's work. And now of course it has come down to the almighty dollar. All I want to do is help, contribute, give back to others and work within communities. It is what I am meant to do. It is so unbearably painful to think that I might not be able to finish school and graduate simply because I cannot afford it. I know that I deserve to finish school and graduate just as much as anyone else.
There is no other profession that I am as passionate about as Human Services. It is a field in which I can be a voice and an advocate for those who aren't being heard, who are being oppressed and discriminated against. I have often been scoffed at for my choice of profession, "You won't make any money doing that" they say. Clearly I did not choose this profession for profit. Money is not what fuels me; it is not what I seek from life. I know I will not make as much money or live as lavishly as many of my friends reading this and I'm ok with that. But take note, I am no fool. I know full well that money makes the world goes round as I can't even pursue a profession helping the disenfranchised without it. Sure I’d like to live a comfortable life but I’m never going to be posting selfies in a brand new sports car surrounded by sexy women in bikinis and bling around my neck. That life is not for me. I can’t be trusted with a sports car anyway.
But I can be trusted to stand up, speak out, support those in need and help make communities stronger. I have no doubt in myself, talents or capabilities. I need you to believe in me too. I need you to support me and my cause so that I can support others. Giving up isn’t an option. I won’t stop. I just can’t.
To say that I would greatly appreciate your support and donation is an understatement. It would mean the absolute world to me. Thank you for taking the time to read and consider my fundraiser. If you would like to help but are a broke joke like me, please feel free to repost this. I need all the help I can get. Thank you thank you!!