The reason I’m here is that I need a miracle, in the form of kind people. Perhaps at one time you were given a helping hand also, when you needed it. Everone deserves a chance, right?
I turned 20 years old this year. I grew up in the hills of Kentucky, where ”sir and ma’am” were not optional, where UK Basketball and New King James regined supreme, and where I first realized I wanted more. I grew up good and I grew up slow; but I sat spinning my big colorful globe for over a decade, and knew that I had to go.
Upon turning 18, I left for University, the student loans signed before my bags were packed. I loved college. I loved the lectures, I loved the depth. But by early 2014, I knew that if I continued, I would surely be swallowed up by debt.
But student loan debt is not what this request is about.
I write to you now from Germany. In the summer of this year, I found out that students are welcome all over the world to come to Germany and study for basically free. It is a beautiful country, rich in history, architechture and tradition. I attend an excellent school. In three years, God willing, I can have a Bachelor of Arts. I chased a dream of travelling the world this far, and combined it with pursuing my degree. I did not have the money, not even close, but I came anyway. I have only my Father (a harder working and kinder man never walked this earth) and he saved bit-by-bit throughout his paychecks over the summer, and bought my ticket here. When the time came for me to put a deposit on my little apartment here, he did the same. And it agonizes me to take his money, when I know how he slaves for it.
And now I must come to my request. I have gotten this far, by sheer will and by my father’s love, but without money, that is not enough. It will never be enough without money. I’m behind on my rent payment by 450 euro, and I’ve had no choice but the buy the bare necessities of groceries; potatoes, pasta, and drinking nothing but water throughout the week. It’s cold here, but I can’t buy boots or a new coat.
However, I have still made it to every lecture and am well on my way to acing all my exams… But I need a miracle. I need kindness from strangers who are a little more fortunate than myself, although I am very blessed indeed.
Every night I’m dreaming of Vienna, Sicily, Moscow and Brisbane… cities that I know I will one day fall in love with, meeting people who I know I’ll never forget. I have so many dreams, they barely all fit inside me.
But please, I need your help to become what I long to be.
If anybody ever gave you a hand, or a chance when you needed it… Please return their favor to me. And I will never, ever be ungrateful to you.