Dear Anonymous Donor,
I am a street musician who goes to Cornell University. I am a Hotel Administration Major who was the only person in my class without a bed last year. I want to show the world that despite all the odds you can change your life; but due to the Cornell’s financial aid office forcing me to lie, I might have to quit college. This is my life, and I need $42,000 in order to graduate from Cornell University and help my Dad get out of debt.
Let me expand on my story further. I originally went to a low tier university in my area because I believed that I wasn’t smart enough to go anywhere else. Turns out that I just had dyslexia. I was able to transfer to Cornell University 1.5 years ago to pursue an Ivy League Education and chase my dreams. For the last year and a half, I have been paying $12,000 a year to go to Cornell University. I have made that money through working up to three jobs at the same time, including internships, bartending, and being a street musician. Thanks to these jobs, I have $3,000 currently in my bank account, which would have been enough to pay for this semester of college.
This year though, my tuition skyrocketed to $40,000 for the year (including interest due to payment plans, about $42,000), over three times what I used to pay. There are two reasons why Cornell was able to do this:
- The Cornell University office of financial aid refused to let me say that I was homeless for a time. I had to live in a Walmart parking lot for multiple days last summer, the entire time being uncertain where I would be living next, or when I would next have a roof over my head. This fits the legal definition of homelessness. Cornell University refused to acknowledge this fact and would not allow me to submit my FAFSA if I had marked down that I was homeless, essentially forcing me to commit perjury.
- My dad got a job for the first time in a decade. When my parents divorced 6 years ago, my mom swindled my dad out of the bulk of his money. Until recently, he was unemployed and received $50,000 of debt during that time. He only recently acquired a job, and while still having to deal with the insane amount of debt he currently is dealing with, Cornell felt that because he is now employed, he can somehow actually provide for me. He has not been able to provide for me since I was 16.
I would rather commit suicide than graduate with debt because I have seen what it does to my dad. I have seen how debt has made him miserable and has crippled his life in all ways. Because of that, I need money in order to graduate from Cornell. Post-graduation, I have career prospects lined up with Delaware North. Using that money, I can help my dad finally get out of debt, since my mom refuses to help either of us. But I can’t do that if I myself am in debt. For that, I need your help because I can’t do this by myself anymore. I know that $42,000 could be a lot, but any amount of money you are able to provide would greatly assist me. Thank you for understanding, and I hope you support my cause.