Greetings, I hope this text finds you well. My name is Ante Horvat and I’m a student at Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb in Croatia, at my first year of Undergraduate Study of Geology. I chose this course since I’ve been drawn to the natural world and discovering its infinite wonders from a young age as well as knowing that the march of progress of the modern civilization can only be furthered by advances in our understanding of the physical realm we are immersed in and the rules that hold it together. Especially so, the knowledge of deep time, evolution of life on Earth and ultimately our own origins.
Now, as uneasy it is for me to compose this text, since I’ve never had to ask for money from generous people I’ve never met, I’ll summon some courage and ask for but as a minute donation as I can. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to receive the scholarship the country offers, given the fact I didn’t meet the criteria they had put forth. I would have used it to pay the rent of the student home I’m staying in and save the rest for usual everyday expenses, such as food, tram tickets I need to get to the University, spare clothes if needed, internet and so on. The rent fee isn’t overly expensive since I’m staying in one of the older student homes, so I have to put out some 50 € (euros; approximately 350 HRK -Croatian currency) monthly. This isn’t usually a problem, but this month I’ve had some extra bills that I had to pay off for my laptop and the internet, resulting in me not having enough for rent.
I understand if the request is too much and I thank you in advance for even considering helping me. It would of course aid me incredibly much and I’d be eternally grateful, having you secured me a warm, comfortable place to stay, continue my studies in and an opportunity to hopefully use the knowledge I gain here to one day help shape a better future for all people living on this Earth through science, knowledge and unity.
Enjoy the remainder of your day.
The picture I posted is one of a so called ˝volcanic bomb˝, a type of rock that forms as magma is expelled from a volcano at high speeds during very volatile eruptions that cause the erupted piece of molten rock to almost become perfectly spherical at the high rotation speeds at which it moves and rapidly cools flying through air. It’s only one of many intriguing specimens we study and research at the University.