I’m a graduate of Columbia University (2015). I studied Computer Science, then moved to South Asia to be with my girlfriend. I had a stable job and a reasonable income, but had struggled with an anxiety disorder since high school. I was proud of myself for fighting through it and having the opportunity to graduate, but things became difficult after college. Because of this, I took a paid leave of absence from work to get medicine, therapy, and focus on my health. It has helped immensely. However, I took a 30% reduction in pay during this. Due to the price of my medicine finances were a bit tight but manageable.
However, a hurricane hit the Caribbean in the summer and destroyed my grandma’s house. She had to relocate to move in with my mom, who works full time as a teacher and lives alone. She also requires a caretaker because of dementia. Every month I send money back to the states to help take care of my grandma. With that, the cost of student loan repayment, the medicine to keep my anxiety in check, and the cut in my pay reduction, things have gotten pretty rough. Living in a foreign country also doesn’t particularly help. I survived for a couple of months but this month has been particularly hard.
I recently locked down a new job which is a good increase in pay, and plan to move to a new location which will make costs a lot cheaper for me. However, this is in January. Until that point I will be in a pretty difficult position. I currently don’t have enough money to leave my house and getting the money to go to work requires me to rely on tutoring Computer Science online about 6-7 hours per day.
I’m not asking for a lot – anything helps. Even $10 dollars would make a huge difference and help with groceries and transportation. And I would only need it until January 8th, when I switch jobs. At which point I would be able to pay everything back on my first paycheck. I am a firm believer in giving back – I make music as a hobby and would be happy to do any audio related work, teach Japanese, or tutor in college subjects. It has been a struggle mentally but I am very close to coming out on the other side with my mind and body relatively intact.
Thank you for reading.