Hello, my name is Ceiana. I am a second-year university student. School is starting soon. Way too soon. I am incredibly excited from my classes, though. During my freshman year of high school, I decided to follow my heart and attend a school out of state. Getting into my dream school during senior year solidified my plans. However, as many people may know, attending out of state school costs extra. For my school in particular, it is an extra $11,880 a year. This is on top of the average $30,000 for cost of attendance. I do get some financial aid, but it is nowhere near enough. My first year was really rough trying to get all of my bills paid. I am only nineteen and I am already thousands of dollars in debt. I do have one parent helping me, but he can only do so much, especially with all of his bills at home. I am the first in my immediate family to go off to college, let alone a four-year university. Neither of my parents even graduated high school. For me, college is more than just getting a better education. It is about having the life I have always dreamed of having. It is about being able to be successful enough, so my children have a better childhood than I did. It is about proving everyone who doubted me wrong. I love my school, the friends I have made, and the knowledge I am learning. I would hate to have to give it all up. I believe it may be possible to make it through this upcoming year, but I really hope to find a way to make it easier on my dad and easier on myself. Money is always a stressful topic. In my particular case, it is one of my anxiety triggers. I want to be able to live comfortably during my second year. I know many students are probably in the same boat as I am. I also know there are many students who are in the boat I would like to be in. Begging for money is not ideal and many are too proud to do it. However, I recognize when I need help and when to ask for it. Any contribution can and will help tremendously. I have included a screenshot of my school bills. They include my tuition- for this semester at least- and my housing costs for the year. Thank you for taking the time to read my story, I sincerely appreciate it.
My PayPal link is paypal.me/CeianaSalomon