Juliette's Education Fund
Organized by: Juliette Doughty-Wilder
Hi! My name is Juliette Rose. I am an aspiring nurse and midwife who is a few months away from my freshman year of college. I am proud to say I was accepted into SUNY Adirondack's Nursing Program and plan to attend my first set of classes this fall. Though I thankfully have the help of financial aid, I continue to face severe and nerve-racking financial struggles. I come from a happy and healthy family of 8, with 5 siblings other than myself. As the oldest child, it's my unspoken job to set an example for my younger brothers and sisters. Going to college was never an 'option' for me, rather it was always a dream, to become well educated and immersed in the world of nursing, marching my way up to being an extraordinary midwife. I want my siblings to feel the same about going to college. I want them to watch me succeed and become truly happy in a profession I love. I want them to know they can do the same. I want them to see that there is always a way, no matter what how big and scary the obstacles may seem. My mother is a full time waitress and my dad is a security guard. Together, they support their small baseball team as best they can. However, we've hit some rough patches in the last few years. My dad was in a car accident that left him out of work for 2 years. His back injury prevented him from heavy lifting and sometimes, even getting out of bed. Most of all, it aided in our slip into the void known as financial struggling. Though my mom worked harder than her achey feet would've wanted, all week, all night, overtime and all...& despite my two jobs, we've sometimes barely made it through the month. It didn't help that I was suffering from Dysthymia, a form of chronic depression that left me in a severe state of constant lows as I forced myself through my college leveled classes throughout high school. Through long nights and early mornings, I was able to maintain my grades, and make epic comebacks. Within the last few months, the Dysthymia had gotten so bad that I was (medically excused) removed from both school and very often, work. I am currently home-schooled and tutored. My grandmother has always been a huge help to me, and is my ultimate protector. She's aided us through our highs and lows. Yet, even she, one of the kindest women I know, is facing her own trials that aid in our struggling. She just recently had rotator cuff repair surgery to repair a torn tendon in her shoulder. It was about 50% torn and very painful for her. She is now in recovery, and will be out of work for about a few months herself. I graduate June 25th of this year, and will finally be able to hop a stone closer to college, and a grain of sand closer to becoming an RN/Midwife. Despite all of this, I have thankfully been blessed with some scholarships, grants, and aid that will help me with being able to afford the tuition! Unfortunately, this does not cover other college and education expenses - such as school supplies. Though I will be fundraising, applying for grants/scholarships/loans, and working my butt of this summer in order to afford my education comfortably, I ask you, my family and friends for help - whether it be a dollar or a share on Facebook. I've considered doing this for awhile, but I always found myself nervous, afraid, or downright embarrassed asking for money. But this is my reality. I am a struggling independent high school senior who, like many others, just needs a helping hand. Every penny is a penny closer to meeting my goal, and a penny closer to beginning my bright future. So please, if you've got even a penny to spare, I ask in the most generous way that you do; whether it be with me, or the thousands of other struggling people, families, and students here on GoFundMe. Even a dollar is worth a pack of pencils!