My name is Dinda, I’m currently a 5th-semester film student studying at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. I’m originally from Indonesia, and I came to America to chase my dreams – being a filmmaker and be the first woman in my family to obtain a degree.
Many people think that filmmaking is just a means of entertainment. But what many people don’t really realize is the importance of film – how a film can shift someone’s perspective, manipulate someone’s feelings, and educate the ignorant. I truly believe that filmmaking can be a platform for my voice to be heard. I want to spread love and kindness and show that despite our differences, all of us can coexist in a safe and peaceful environment. People seem to hate what they don’t know – so why not make them familiar?
To be honest with you, I’ve been holding off asking for help because I’ve been trying to solve the problem on my own for the past year. But I can’t bear it anymore. When I first moved here, my parents are in good financial condition and has exactly enough to pay for my living costs and school tuition. They own their own advertising company. But in the past year, the business has been slow and they’ve completely cut me off. It’s not that they want to cut me off, it’s because they have to. My dad’s business went to ruins and they barely have anything to eat for themselves. I would get text messages from my mom saying that they’ve only eaten rice and eggs for the past week. When I heard about the difficulties my parents faced, I sold my laptop, I sold everything I have of value and moved to my boyfriend’s parent’s house with him.
Thank God for him because he helped me a lot – and I didn’t want anything for free so I always help him work even though I’m not strong nor qualified. Being an international student here, my options for working are limited. I have to graduate first before I can fully work. I want to move to a cheaper school but I only have one year left until graduation. The faster I graduate, the faster I can work and earn money, and the faster I’ll be able to help out my parents. I want to help them out, I need to, Ms. Winfrey. They’ve tried their best to send their daughter far far away and the least I could do is be successful for them. And I work hard for school, Ms. Winfrey. I received a 4.0 GPA last semester, and an average of 3.69 throughout my studies here. I’ve been on the Dean’s List for the past 3 semesters. I’ve been to a couple of local Indonesian film festivals too. I know I can be a successful filmmaker. I know in my heart I do.
With all that in mind, I guess what I’m asking is can you please help me out? I need to pay my school tuition fees this semester so I can continue my studies and work. The total amount of tuition this semester is 11,1128$. I used all the money I saved up to pay 2,149$ of it, so now the remaining balance is 8,979$. I tried raising money for it but everyone has their own problems and I can’t ask them to help with more. Many kind people in my life have helped me in any way that they can, and I am grateful for them. But truly, I can’t ask them for more.
Please, help me out, and please, help me continue my education.
Link to donate: http://www.paypal.me/bbyinda
Thank you for taking the time to read and God Bless You.