Hello and thanks for reading my message. I am a high school student who wants money in order to live a better life. My family is in a difficult situation. With COVID-19 ruining my family’s life, and an outrageous policy created by our local government. My family seriously can’t take it anymore.
It all started in 2020 when COVID-19 started. We have to transition to a new, different lifestyle. Everything turns digital from e-lessons to online meetings. The change however is very sudden and new. So we are basically newborns to this transition. How this affected my family? First of all, I have mild ADHD and struggle to concentrate in class. However, since I eat pills regularly, I managed to catch up on my studies, until COVID-19 came. Every single day, I sit on the chair, open my camera, listen to my teacher lecturing for an hour, and a single E-lesson is done. No interaction with the learning materials, No communication with the subject teachers and classmates. To me, E-lessons are just a waste of time as I am not enlightened by the things being taught. In fact, my second term grades are so badly downgraded that I am forced to retake my grade. That is one year of school time and money wasted. At first, I thought I can improve my grades when retaking. However, in the first term of the new school year, the grades are still under my expectations. The school warned me that having a grade like this is not acceptable to IB, which is a curriculum that I will be learning a few years later.
My parents comforted me and told me that they will help me with their absolute best. But I know in a long run, my parents will struggle as well. My father has a small amount of money. After paying for our house and family, he has only a few thousand dollars in his pocket. My mum, however, is working in a high-paid job. She pays most of our bills and fees. When COVID-19 is here, however, everything changed for my mum. As she works as an insurance agent, she struggles to market her insurance to her clients in a situation where people hesitate to go out. And since my mum can’t meet her clients, she earns less. In the past, my mum always achieved her working goal with ease. But in COVID-19, my mum almost missed her goal. Things get so bad that her boss gave her a warning letter at the end of the year.
I saw myself struggle and my parents struggle. If I don’t do something, I will not be able to study IB in my school. Then, something in my place happened, which told me that I should start a new life outside my home.
I live in a very wonderful place called Hong Kong, at least it was previously wonderful. If you are unhappy about something in Hong Kong, you can protest about it. If you want to get help, the police will support you with care and respect. That is until China executes a policy that changes Hong Kong dramatically, it is so bad that many people left Hong Kong to start a new life. That is another reason why my mum is losing her sales and earns less. Every day when we watched the news, we saw people leaving HK, people getting assaulted by the police, people getting arrested for no particular reason. My mum is so stressed out that she is starting to see the doctor every week.
My family is starting to get tired of everything that is happening. This is why my mum recently got a BNO visa. My mum decided if things get out of hand, the whole family will leave Hong Kong to the UK. To give me a brighter future and a better environment. I can study in the UK for the next few years and do not need to study the IB curriculum.
After all this, I start to see how caring and considerate my family was. They sacrificed many of their things just for my benefit. I tell you, my father does not know English at all, but he is willing to immigrate to an unknown country just for me. My mum also helped me a lot. I just realized that my mum saved up millions of dollars just for me. She can easily use up the money herself, but for my future. She is willing to careless about herself by spending less and prioritized me instead.
I am touched and grateful for what my parents did. But I also feel defeated and selfish. I want to be a mature man and don’t want my parents to worry about me. I want to support my parents as a return in the future.
Therefore, I am requesting you from the bottom of my heart. I want 1000 USD to fund myself going to the UK. I don’t want to waste the opportunity that my parents gave me. If I gain citizenship, my parents can visit me anytime they like. In the end, my parents can retire with peace of mind, and I will use all my power to support them. I, solemnly swear, that I will not let my parent’s efforts be wasted and make them proud by becoming the man they want me to be. Thanks again for reading my story and understanding my hardships
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