My name is Sachal and I come from a village in the Okara city of Pakistan. My pursuits and passion for mathematics have lead me to Czech Republic to study in one of the most prestigious institutes in history, Univerzita Karlova. I have been living in Prague for nearly two years and I am a graduate student of Theoretical Computer Science here at Charles University at their Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.
There have been certain incidents during this time that my skill level in mathematics has not been up to the mark of international standards considering the background I am coming from. In the middle of my graduate studies, I had to switch to undergraduate courses so that I have a better understanding of whats going on in higher-level classes but it was not enough.
After consultation with my teachers it was in their and mine better judgement we decided that I should switch to Bachelors so I can get a better grasp of subjects which are being taught there, and are necessary when you would study graduate programme.
Now here comes the money issue, I have been getting financial support from my family, mainly my father, but he does not have a steady income and previously the money which was being used for my education is the inheritance money, which my father got from my grandfather. Now that I have to do my bachelors again, I don’t want them to invest in me the amount which won’t even lead me to completion of my education. They are old, I would rather want them to have that money so they can spend their old life easily.
The other thing which leads to the spending of more money on education is my mental health problems. I am studying as a special needs student at my faculty considering my chronic anxiety and depression. So I have leniency in completing my credit hours in more than the required time than usual which leads to more years and more tuition fees. In this regard, my teachers and faculty have been kind and understanding towards me and facilitating my needs. For the record, I have never got help from my previous school on my mental health. So having that here and progressing under the special needs I require, is crucial for me. I would not have gotten this far in my studies in the absence of this help. One of the reasons I don’t wanna halt or leave my studies, I would rather take it slow, do what I am passionate about , even if it takes a little bit more time than the usually supposed timeline.
It’s not just that I need tuition fee funds to complete my degree. I want to establish myself here or anywhere in EU where opportunity seems good as a professional mathematician. In my home people used to make fun of me for choosing this field and would even discourage me. I was planning to work with a professor in my home country. I mentioned my interests in number theory and generally about theoretical mathematics to him. I was faced with the answer that “why are you wasting your time?” One of the reasons I want to extend my stay here. I spent some time in Pakistan looking for good mentorship because I was at the point I needed it, rather found discouragement instead. So when I could not find any then I decided to leave my country. After coming here I have gotten so much academic care and respect and understanding for my pursuits that I want to continue till the end of my degree so I can establish myself and hopefully continue my academic career on my own. Apart from learning skills from my degree, I want to get into the pedagogy of mathematics. This inspiration mostly coming from neighboring country, Hungary, knowing about their legacy of mathematicians has always provoked me to learn their method of teaching and then teach myself to others. Because I know the importance of a good teacher, how I have lacked it, and now how I am cherishing it. So there are other people out there like me who are looking for a guiding hand and a stepping stone, I would like to be that person to a few of them at least.
Now I can go on and on about this craze of mathematics I have but I have to anchor myself considering the word limit in mind.
Considering my lifelong passion for mathematics, my teachers have been helping me get better and better though out this time and allowing me to move to bachelors and giving me extra time with them at my request. But in monetary problems, they can’t do much about it. I have to find a solution for myself that is why I am here requesting for help.
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