I'm turning 30 and Kaylee is going to college
Organized by: Barrie Segal
EVENT DATE Feb 12, 2016
Remember that time I biked 40 miles for iMentor? NO? Well take that filter off my email address that says "Mark As Spam" because here's your chance to get involved and help change a young woman's life forever.
My mentee/pal/girl genius/practically little sister Kaylee and I have been emailing, texting, talking on the phone, hanging out IRL, and soulrapping for the last four years and she JUST GOT INTO COLLEGE and is about to start that senior slide (just kidding we all know that's a myth) at the same time that I turn 30! So far the acceptances have been rolling in, which is no surprise since she's at the top of her class. She got into SUNY Purchase and Johnson & Wales, and she's still waiting from more. She even got into her first choice, Roger Williams. For those of you that also did, you know there's no greater feeling at that time in your life!
Sadly getting good grades and being smart, funny, compassionate and well-rounded is not enough to go to college. There is still a massive, looming, terrifying reality of getting a higher education in the United States-- $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. If colleges were restaurant reviews I think that'd be an appropriate amount of dollar signs.
To shift the focus away from me for once I am taking donations for her to go to college for my 30th bday. I am NOT taking donations for the organization itself like I did with the bike ride. While I thank iMentor every day for bringing Kaylee into my life, she needs the money for college. I don't enjoy making this ask and I am ashamed of the US and our education system, that it puts anyone in the position where they would need to crowdfund their education. Beyond simply being unfair, it is totally ludicrous. That being said, the broken system is not her fault, so she shouldn't have to pay for it--literally and figuratively.
Money raised will go straight toward immediate college expenses:
- College tuition, fees, room & board
I will split whatever I raise over 4 years, who knows maybe I'll even hit you up for more money next year, and then apply it toward tuition + fees at the college of her choice.
If you were wondering, yes she will be receiving federal financial aid. She has also received a couple of offers of financial support along with the acceptance letters. While every penny counts, in the best case there is still atleast a $15,000 gap per year. And that's not including room and board--something colleges conveniently leave out of the 'tuition' number.
I'm sure I won't have to ask you twice to take a trip down memory lane to consider what college did for you as a person. Arguably the most fun, informative, and influential time in your life, who would you be without that? Where would you be without that knowledge, those experiences, and without knowing any of the people you met there? Maybe a friend from college hooked you up with a job. Maybe you met your partner or spouse. Maybe you have a kid with that person (hey congrats). You get the point. Help me make college an undeniable reality for her as well, and wish me a happy birthday while you're at it.