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Skipped Beat

Organized by: Patrick Tedeschi

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In april of 2006, driving home from a late night run for a candy bar, a seventeen year old kid, loaded down with three cases of beer, 2 jugs of liquor and 3 friends, blew through a traffic light and t-boned my car. The 2006 Lincoln Town Car I was driving folded in half like an accordian as his Tahoe struck with full force from not even braking. Thirty days later, I woke up to my Mother saying the Lords Prayer next to my hospital bed. The thing that struck me the most when coming to, was that through the twisted road I had traveled, at this monumental point in my life, this Catholic Alter boy had forgot how to say the Lords Prayer. My mothers mission then became to reinstil in me the comfort it provides and the purpose for its chant. Though a few years passed by, My desire to asimilate in to the lives of my family, my brothers and sisters and their children, I chose to complete my Undergraduate degree to provide me with purpose and direction. The intention was to evolve into a new manner of being with confidence, piers, with a system behind me. This new direction not only providedme a new community but direction and the newly found support of my parents, notebly mu Mother. Always understanding as I struggled with my first 4 single class semesters. Proud when I completed every one. I worked hard to gain acceptance into University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The financial burdens of an adult life weighed heavily. From dental necessity, auto repairs, routine bills adn commitments far greater than those of a graduating High Schooler. But I walked to work 2 miles every day, back and forth, until I could get a car. ALl the while taking clases at a snails pace. In 2014, I was accepted as a Full-Time student. The goal of a degree was closer, but the complications of intense coursework, my work schedule, and family life depleted my performance. I studied aboud in China, made valuable connections and friends, and learned to manage myself. On October 30th 2014, the call came from my father that my Mother had not survived a car accident. My focus weakend and performance deteriorated. This semester presents me with greater financial obsticles as a temporary statuss of ineligiblity reduces access to living expenses. tuition and fees are now 100% on me and working harder to pay for school is directly correlated to my academic performance. I am looking for assistanc to realize my and my mothers dream. Me completing my education. I am starting Skipped Beat to be able to provide resources to non-traditional students and help them reach their goals. The money raised now, upon my graduation AND EMPLOYMENT will be deposited into a fund that will provide a perpetual scholarship for students who just "skipped a Beat" and are working to get the needle back in the track.


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