Hello, my name is Lauren and I’m a 20 year old second semester Junior university student.
Just so you know a little about me (since, you know, I’m asking for money and all that) I’m an English major at a private university in Texas. My parents aren’t rich or anything. My dad actually took a massive pay cut when I was in high school so that he could preach for a struggling church and my mom is a nurse. So I got into this school and have been able to attend for the past couple years largely due to the scholarships I was fortunate enough to receive from graduating first in my class and scoring well on the ACT.
I’m passionate about literature and storytelling of any kind. I was always a quiet kid so books were my stress relief and escape. Now, however corny it sounds, I want to be that for someone else with the work I put out there. Like any other literature loving young adult in this world, I am working on a novel. However, I won’t put all my faith in making it financially as a novelist. So I’m hoping to get my Master’s degree at Emerson College in creative writing and publishing and work either as a book editor for a publishing company or as a story writer for new media (film, video games, TV shows, etc.) and leave my books as passion projects to work on for my enjoyment.
I’ve done my best to be financially smart during my time in college. I don’t buy what I don’t need, I stay with my parents instead of the dorms to save $5000 per semester on housing, take out loans, take classes during the summer so that I can graduate early, and work. Last semester I worked two minimum wage jobs (weekend administration at a car dealership and inventory at the university library) to pay off what was left of my school bill. I didn’t make much but it would have been enough to pay the rest of my bill. Then, COVID hit and I lost the job at the library, due to the fact that I was not a mandatory employee. This was the one I worked more hours and, because of that, the one where most of my money came from. I was hoping I would be able to continue working when school started back up but they discontinued my position for the remainder of the pandemic.
I lost out on over $2500 since losing my job in April, which would have covered my dues I still owe for last semester and last summer and a good portion of what I owe this semester. I’m hoping I can somehow reach $1200 but anything you can and want to spare would be incredible. Anything I have to pay past that I believe I will be able to somehow figure out.
I know this is a lot of money and a bit of a long shot but I hope you’ll might feel inclined to help a little. Thank you so much in advance if you choose to help me. I know you didn’t have to and I will be sure to pay it forward and help someone else in need when I am able to.