Hello kind patrons of the internet,
My name is Nora. I never thought I would ever be in a situation like this. The weight of college loans looming over you while you finish your bachelor’s degree, study for the MCATs (in order to maybe get a scholarship to Medical school, fingers crossed!), work two jobs, and attempt to maintain a sound level of sanity, is absolutely draining. I feel as though I will live my entire life enslaved by debt and working to pay it off as opposed to doing focusing fully on doing my part to give back to the world I live in. $26,000. That’s the number that rings in my ears throughout the day as I tutor, as I sit at my work desk trying to focus on the task at hand. That’s the number that will prevent me from helping my family of 7 move out of the two bedroom apartment we’ve occupied for the last 14 years.
That’s the number that will prevent me from taking over the bills once I graduate so that my dad can stop working 6 days a week with his worsening health driving hanging like a noose around all our necks. It’s amazing that, to someone who is blessed enough to never worry about finances, $26,000 is like pocket change. But $26,000 is the number that will give my mom’s depression and diabetes all the power it needs to spike her blood pressure and hasten her decent into self-loathing for not “doing enough.” The truth is my parents have always done all that they can. But unfortunately, we live in a time where a person can work full time and still not make enough money to sleep easily at night.
I am currently trying to sell my artwork and write for websites (two hobbies that have helped me stay sane through it all) as a freelancer just to help ends meet but I cannot even begin to explain how barren that desert is. I’ve added some pictures of my drawings for you all to take a look!
As I get closer to my goal of becoming a physician who can help people without asking them if they can afford for me to save their lives, I realize more and more, the value of lending a helping hand whenever and if ever we can. I hope to see the day when I can help others the way that so many people have helped if even with a smile that made my day better.
If you can help me craft and get aboard a lifeboat before this growing ocean consumes me and my family, I hope that I can one day help you back directly or indirectly. If you have your own struggles and cannot help financially, just know that your reading this and being aware that there are people in need no matter where in the world you go, is more than enough. I hope that if you ever do come across someone in need of help when you are able to lend ahead, that you will lend your hand and remind us all that there is still good in the world.