Hi! I’m a hopeful music therapy student wanting to study away from home for the first time in my life.
Music therapy is the use of music and music tuition to rehabilitate or support people from all backgrounds. Young vulnerable teens and dementia patients alike, music therapy is a resource that can seem less daunting than Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to those in receipt of it.
Sadly I’m not 100% sure I can afford it without working several jobs alongside, which at that point, wouldn’t leave me enough time in the day to do my university work or my clinical placement.
In the past, I have avoided moving away from home to study as I couldn’t afford it and ended up doing my initial bachelors degree in the same town I was raised in. This isn’t an option for my masters in music therapy, and if I could study from home and save the money I would, but I can’t commute the distance I would need to travel several times a week as I suffer pretty badly from insomnia and fatigue is a real issue that goes alongside it. So a journey of more than thirty minutes after a night of no sleep would be impossible.
Unfortunately, unlike an undergraduate course, there’s no maintenance loan for postgraduate degrees as it is expected that your family will support you. My family is low income and the thousands of pounds it costs to live away from home is not something they can help me with other than the odd £20 here and there for food or transport. This would barely cover a fifth of the living costs I would incur a week.
I’m not asking for a mysterious donator to come out of the woodwork and drop a year’s worth of rent onto my lap, but if I could scrape together another month of rent, it’s another month where I’m not worried about making ends meet. I feel awful about posting on a platform such as this one, but I’m getting desperate. Each months rent, with bills included, is around £500. I understand that this is a lot of money, but it is the price of freedom for me.
If you should see me as a worthy cause then please consider donating, even if it’s only a couple of pounds it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for reading my story and possibly even considering it.
Should you wish to donate, my paypal.me link is paypal.me/kayleycharmagne.