An Awkward Plea from a Struggling Gopher
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This is an awkward plea but then again, my whole situation is uncomfortable.

As many of you know, I currently attend Goucher College (home of the Gophers!). Here, I have not only been provided with an enriching and stimulating education; I’ve also ...
This is an awkward plea but then again, my whole situation is uncomfortable.

As many of you know, I currently attend Goucher College (home of the Gophers!). Here, I have not only been provided with an enriching and stimulating education; I’ve also grown as an activist, an artist, and a human being. I have been presented with more opportunities than I have ever hoped or expected possible in my two short years here. This past semester, I had the honor of seeing two plays that I wrote performed live in front of peers, professors, and representatives from a national theatre organization. I had never even considered writing plays until Goucher. Its close-knit community has enabled me to forge invaluable connections and friendships. The amount of professors and professionals that have gone above and beyond to act as an ally and friend has been a genuine gift.
Unfortunately, I’ve hit a road block on my college journey. While things look bright for the Fall semester of 2013 and onward, I am in desperate need of finding a way to pay for this upcoming Spring. I find myself needing to reach out and ask for help from those of you who I am lucky to have in my life. I have not approached asking you for help lightly and without first exhausting all other avenues of financial assistance. I hesitate to add to my family’s stresses by asking them to stretch their already thin finances for this upcoming semester. I am left with the option of dropping out of school or putting my pride aside and pleading for help.
I have been supporting myself in the past by holding multiple jobs to pay for books and other living expenses. I am in the process of applying for a scholarship that several Goucher professionals think I am an excellent candidate for. This scholarship, however, will not take effect till next Fall. I have also made multiple appeals to the Director of Admissions, the Dean of Admissions, the President of the school, several representatives in financial aid, and pretty much anybody that might have had any power to help me. I have received tremendous moral support and assistance from professors in my departments, many going far beyond their duties to lobby financial assistance for me. Unfortunately, nothing has come of it beyond a possible extension of the due date for payment of tuition for this semester.
So this is pretty much it. In order for me to continue my education, I am approaching you for financial support to help make Goucher a viable option for me just for this semester. I have opened a PayPal account in order to facilitate this. I know this is short notice and asking a lot, but if you could spare any amount in order to help me realize my dreams of graduating from Goucher and going on to teach middle school, I would be incredibly grateful and indebted to your kindness and generosity.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your continued support.
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