Hello, My name is Tim and I’m 30 years old and recently went back to school.
I don’t really know where to begin because I feel like this is a last resort that I can turn to.
I’m currently in a total of $10,000 debt due to negligence my past years. I stopped going to college for a while because my parents wanted me to pursue Nursing or something in the medical field ( I’m asian) . I didn’t want to to pursue that so for a few years I just decided to work and got stuck working at server jobs because I didn’t learn any new skills.
I want to be a photographer. A lot of my friends believe in my talents, and I recently went back to school last semester to get into event photography and also learn motion graphics. My mom wanted me to go back to school and do dental assisting but as I was signing up for classes I asked myself if I’d be happy in the long run and I know I won’t by living out my parents wishes instead of mine.
My grandfather passed away two years ago right after having a conversation with him through FaceTime, telling me that whatever I do I should do it and no matter what I should be happy for myself. A year ago, my father recently got in contact with me through facebook. I have never met my father since he left when I was born, but I learned to forgive him because we’re all human and make mistakes in our lives. But he told me to pursue my passion which is why I went back to school and study photography. My grandfathers last words telling me to live my life and my father whom I’ve never met telling me to pursue my passion is what’s driving me to get my life together. I was raised by my grandparents until I was 10 then moved to America with my mom and my step father was very abusive to me when I was younger so I don’t have a steady relationship with my family.
I have learned this past semester that I have the ability to be great in my craft and other professionals and classmates acknowledging it, but I’m still working two serving jobs back to back, living paycheck to paycheck, and feel like I would never get out of debt and pursue my dreams.
I made it my goal this year to try and get signed with an artist and use my photography to travel and hopefully visit Germany where my real father is and see him for the first time. Helping me clear my debt would give me more time to learn more skills and be a full time student to fulfill my goal sometime in the future. Part of the money would also go to helping me claim my business name so I can start doing freelance photography once im out of debt so I can earn money through photography. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.
Please and thank you and have a safe new year and I hope your goals and wishes are answered this year as well.