My name is Laney, and I am a sophomore studying psychology, neuroscience, and Spanish. Like most college students, I am struggling financially. I’m planning on going to Salamanca, Spain this upcoming Spring semester, but the expenses have been piling up, and I’m worried that I will not have the financial means of doing so. I am requesting any amount of money to help pay for airfare, visa fees, or housing fees.
Unfortunately, my mom lost her job this past year, and we have not received any financial aid. My parents are very generous and have set aside as much as they can for my study abroad experience, but I’m still short about $2,000. I worked 3 jobs totaling about 60 hours / week over the summer to save up, but I’ve recently learned of extra fees I’ll need to cover. I feel guilty asking for money from my friends and family, especially considering how much they give me in support and how they are also struggling to make ends meet. I’m very blessed in that I have this opportunity to take classes abroad, but I really don’t want to take out a loan unless absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, I still have two more years of undergraduate to pay for.
While in Spain, I will be participating in an education internship to help teach students in local schools English as a foreign language. I’ll be taking courses on psychology and Spanish culture in order to gain a more worldly perspective of these ideas. I also plan on volunteering at a rehabilitation clinic there to gain more experience and exposure to the field.
For a little more about myself, I’m planning on continuing my studies after graduation in occupational therapy or joining the Peace Corps before graduate school. I am very invested in mental health treatment reform and am actively involved in organizations at my university that focus on mental health awareness and policy. This is a subject I care deeply about, and I’m hopeful to help people in the future. I also hope that by studying in Spain, I will be able to solidify my Spanish communication skills so that I can help even more people when I return to the United States.
I greatly appreciate any donations, and I hope that one day I will be able to pay back to other ambitious students with unique aspirations and positive intentions. I swear I’m a real person and all of the above is true, but I don’t feel comfortable including any photos in my post for privacy reasons. My paypal link is below.