I am writing this request with nowhere else to turn- I work full time, two full-time jobs over the last two summers, have done everything the “right” way and yet I am still unable to scrounge up enough to go to the school of my dreams.
Let me tell you a little about myself. In high school, I was the captain of my improv team, participated in musicals and plays, and was always starting a new project. My love for performing arts is rivaled by nothing else. I also have bipolar disorder, which has landed me in the hospital a few times over the last couple of times but I can proudly say that I have opened myself up to help and through the help of a wonderful therapist I am on the right track.
Last year, I was accepted into the Theatre School at Depaul University, enrolled, secured a roommate, and just as everything was going too good to be true, my parents disowned me due to religious differences. I was crushed. Without their help, I couldn’t nearly afford to go to Depaul. However, I picked myself back up and hoped that all the scholarships I had applied to would allow my dreams to be possible. Unfortunately, I only heard back from one national essay contest for which I was a regional winner..and awarded $50. No big deal, I thought, I can just attend community college for the first year, save up enough money, and go to my dream school next year!
Easier said than done. While I thought I had a lot of bills at my parents’ house (I paid for a good majority of my living expenses), being on my own has proven to be a whole other beast. At this point, even community college is a stretch, though I did choose a job that provides tuition assistance. I am asking as a last resort, throwing my hope into the world, that someone will help me achieve my dream. I will continue to work as hard as I can to make this a reality for myself and to keep myself going, and I would truly appreciate any help I can get.