Hello, as most of you know [or don’t]- my name is Mara and I recently turned 21. I’m an art and graphic design student currently in my third year who enjoys his classes and college a lot. The bad part is- I can’t afford my bills anymore.
You see, when I started this course I needed a total fund of $4000 that included my bill, macbook, books and supplies. I was able to afford this but left broke because I worked 50 hours a week and three jobs. My second year- mum paid for half of my bill because I couldn’t afford it but now it’s even worse. We’ve recently moved and my mother has a debt to pay every month in order to pay off the house. She’s been jobless because of the crisis and only recently just got another job only for half a year. My parents are divorced and have been since my sixth. While he claims to love me, he’s never financially helped me. He’s never paid for anything related to my school. Not when I was 11 or 16 and definitely not now I’m 21. I’m used to living in a quite ‘poor’ family. Mum and I had to get our food from food-banks and bought new clothes only once a year.
I’ve always been able to support myself but just barely, and it’s something I was so proud of. But now I’m unable to- and I can’t and don’t want to drop out either. If I quit, I have to pay back an incredible sum of money. I feel terribly for having to ask for donations no matter the amount- because I’ve never done this before.
I would open emergency commissions [they are always open] but I only have my Sundays free to work on art because I work a full day on Monday and have my internship running from Thursday to Saturday. With the few hours I make during my job, I barely get enough to pay for the bills and the deadline is due October tenth. I also have a bad wrist and if I were to spend my entire Sunday drawing and then immediately work that Monday, it wouldn’t have enough days to rest and the pain will only build up until I have to go to the hospital to get it checked up on again.
My school bill is a total amount of €1118,00 [+/- 1435USD] and I only have €500 to work with right now, meaning I need at least €620 (800USD) more. I’m willing to try and draw commissions to raise money, but if you’re willing to donate even if just a small amount. I have over 5000 followers and if people were to share €2,- with me I’d have enough after 300 donations. My paypal account linked to my bank account is firstname.lastname@example.org
I haven’t been able to find a site to host a donation pool, but I can anonymously screenshot the amount I’ve raised from time to time.
Thank you for reading.