As many of you may recall, I have been given the great opportunity to attend Semester at Sea Spring 2013. A while ago I unfortunately got news that I had not received the scholarship I had hoped for – and needed – to make SAS a reality.
So I got moved to an economy cabin, applied for more scholarships, and managed to receive a total $15,500 in scholarships. The remaining $8,000 is a lot less, but still a lot for someone dealing with the South African exchange rates. It is still more than my entire tuition and boarding costs for a year. I have approached so many businesses in the past month that I have lost count. I am still at $8,000.
So I have signed up with GoFundMe, a personal donation website. It is a massive amount, I realise, and I still hope that I will hear from one of the businesses that has not yet responded in the next 20 days. But I can’t sit around and wait, I need to do something. I realise that times are tough the world over, but every cent will help. And if you, like me, can’t afford it, I would really appreciate if you are able to share the link (http://www.gofundme.com/1h2n6k) on any of the platforms you use.
I never intended to ask my readers – friends I have never met but truly appreciate – for this kind of help, and I apologise if doing so offends anybody. I do believe that SAS will be once-in-a-lifetime experience though, and that it is in line with the hopes I have for my future and my profession.
Lastly, I will be posting regularly while on the voyage – so those of you interested will be able to read what is happening during the voyage. I’ll also be liaising with a high school in a program called Vicarious Voyages, which is pretty exciting, as I’ll be able to share with Freshmen what is happening beyond their borders.