When I was in second grade, each student had their time in the spotlight when they were featured as “Student of the Week.” After their name was chosen randomly, they got the excitement of having a board in the room dedicated to them full of pictures and information about themselves, as well as a book containing letters written by each of their classmates about how great they thought that student was. It was amazing. I was one of the last people to get this opportunity, but I remember it well. The excitement of getting my picture next to the board all about me, the eagerness I felt to read what my classmates had written, it was all so thrilling to little eight-year-old me.
A little while ago, as I was going through old stuff in my bedroom, I found the little old book my classmates had put together as well as the paper I filled out with all the information that would be displayed on a board in the classroom. At eight years old, under “hobbies,” I wrote: learning about different countries and languages. Little did I know that ten years later I would have traveled to Canada, Thailand, began learning Spanish, and be pursuing a degree in education where I would (hopefully) go on to teach English in a different country. It seems to me that my passion knew me long before I knew it. I’m confident that my eight-year-old self would be proud of the journey I’m on now. But my journey still has a long way to go. As I’m chasing that passion that I’ve come to know while attending college, I’ve been sure to continue praying for blessings in all different forms to help me accomplish the many things I dream of. But right now, my prayers have been especially focused on receiving some sort of financial blessing.
I knew going into college that I wouldn’t have time to study abroad for a full semester, let alone a year. While the experience is something I’ve always wanted, I know I’ll get my chance when I volunteer in the Peace Corps. However, one of the many great things about the university I’m at now is that it allows students to study abroad for a few weeks, so they can get some of the experience in a more condensed period of time. Right now, I am set on spending the month of January 2019 traveling to Egypt with other students and professors to learn about medieval Christianity as well as language and thought (the two course credits I will be receiving for the trip). Not only would these classes fulfill requirements for my major and minor(s), but the experience in and of itself would fill me with unforgettable knowledge and lessons that I could apply to my future endeavors. But I need your help.
I have opened a GoFundMe page where people can generously donate to help get me one step closer to my goal of studying abroad. I understand that money is not something that everybody is able to offer, which is exactly why I’m asking you to join me in prayer as well. I believe whole-heatedly that God will provide me with more than enough to be able to experience this wonderful opportunity, and I am more than thankful than any help that can be offered from friends and family, be it prayers, good thoughts, or financial support – every little bit counts and nothing goes unnoticed. So, as I continue working, saving, and praying, I ask you for some assistance as well. If you could, please, spread the word so more people can help me throughout this journey – I would appreciate it immensely. No matter what kind of support you are able to offer, I thank you for it from the bottom of my heart!
You can click the hyper link above attached to the words “GoFundMe,” or you could simply click on the link below to make a donation.