Hello everyone, thank you for your precious time to read my story. My name is Marie, I am an international student currently working towards my Master Degree in Tourism Management. I am one of the few students from Madagascar that was granted a scholarship to study in China. The idea of exposing my situation online like this really scares me because I am quite a private person, but seems like I have no one to turn to so I’ve decided to give this a try and pray that someone out there will kindly help me.
Since the outbreak of COVID, China has completely changed, everyday life has changed, School regulations and policy has changed… We (foreign students at my university) spent nearly one year locked up inside the campus, 6 months in 2020 and 5 months and half in 2022. I know it has been tough not just for us but for everyone. This brings us to my situation：
I am supposed to graduate this year (June2022) but because of a new change in requirement of student’s thesis, my thesis didn’t pass. Imagine one year doing research and just comes to nothing. The amount of time and effort I spent on that research is just imaginable. Sleepless nights, overworking, worrying to death I experienced it all throughout the whole process of writing (by the way, since my program is in Chinese, I am writing my thesis in Chinese) … But in the end, it got rejected. So now my academic year had to be extended, and in one year I have to finish writing my thesis and graduate. Seeing my friends at their graduation day really made me sad but that’s not the worst part yet. The worst part is since I was on scholarship (it covered monthly expenses and dorm fees) and now I am doing extension, I won’t receive any financially support since it doesn’t support students who are doing extension. I sought help everywhere that I thought I could find but somehow everything just works against me, I tried to talk to the international office at least to let me not pay the dorm fee but they just dismissed my request. I am in a desperate situation right now, I don’t know where can I find money to support myself and my research, and in a few days, I will completely be running out of money. I can’t ask money to my parents, they are really poor and I can’t work since I am on student’s visa, it’s illegal and it’s risky. I had two friends that were expelled by the school after the police caught them working part time job. And not every job is open to foreigners here in China, the one that most foreigners do here is teaching English. Even if I search for a teaching job, the chance for me to find any is really small since I am not a native speaker, I am not qualified. All I am asking is a donation around 10.000 $, that will help me and will change my situation completely. And I can focus on doing my research in peace, and will be able to buy food and not to worry about money anymore. I am alone in a foreign country ( I’m literally the only person from my country that lives in the city I am in) and I am really worried and the thought about giving up really cross my mind sometimes and that really scares me.
I humbly request you to donate to me if you can, of course I will appreciate any amount you are willing to give. Thank you so much and God bless you!
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