Hello! My name is Conrad and I live in the American Southwest. I’m very sensitive to the fact that my request doesn’t have the same gravity as others in terms of being hungry, needing a place to live, having a medical bill, or otherwise being in a similarly urgent situation, and I don’t wish to minimize those situations. This being said, I would be extraordinarily grateful for assistance.
I’m currently in my mid-20s, and the last several years have had many trials. I began my college career by shifting into the honors program at my university and immersing myself in all aspects of life at a big school. In late 2012, my grades began to suffer for reasons I couldn’t totally explain; I was more tired, I lacked a lot of the drive I had to succeed, and generally experienced a downward shift in my mental health. The next year I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and after a short break and unsuccessful attempt to return to school after a semester away, I decided to take a longer amount of time away and work on my health. Four years later, after learning an incredible amount about myself in the company of my family, gaining work experience, and becoming healthy, I was able to go back to school! Now I’m only approximately a month and a half away from graduation.
Now to my request: I’m a musician who specializes in Brazilian music and jazz in general. I fell in love with the music of Brazil about 10 years ago in my teens, and spent a good amount of time playing it on the electric bass and guitar. About six years ago, I picked up a mandolin on a whim and have slowly realized how much playing it means to me as an expression of my love for music. I had the opportunity to acquire a wonderful acoustic instrument made by a Brazilian luthier; I’ve been improving through playing every day and have started to post videos on Instagram.
About two months ago I put in an order for an electric mandola from a very nice luthier in England. I look forward to being able to play with other musicians at gigs without having to mic my acoustic instrument, as well as exploring more of the possibility of an electric one. At the time, I anticipated I would be able to pay for this instrument along with my expenses; as I write this, the now-complete instrument is ready to ship and I am about $400 short of my final payment. I’m still in the limbo of pre-graduation yet needing to pay for my living expenses, and after learning lessons on how to spend my money in the past, I don’t want to divert money for bills to this.
If there is a kind soul or kind collection of souls reading this that is able to help me make this purchase, I would be eternally grateful. I’d like to share more playing with the world in the way of videos and eventually music; I’d be happy to share more with anyone interested!
Thank you for taking to time to read.