Help me finish my Ph.D. once and for all!
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After a few years of juggling work and writing, a deadline has arrived.

I have to be enrolled in the quarter in which I defend and file my doctoral dissertation. This means paying $5K in regular tuition and fees and $5K in non-resident tuition and ...
After a few years of juggling work and writing, a deadline has arrived. I have to be enrolled in the quarter in which I defend and file my doctoral dissertation. This means paying $5K in regular tuition and fees and $5K in non-resident tuition and fees: I am a UCLA graduate student who moved back to Dallas in 2008. The Ethnomusicology Department has agreed to cover the non-resident portion, but only if I defend and file Spring Quarter 2013 (April to June). I work roughly 32 hours a week as a product demonstration supervisor at Costco, making $14 an hour. I am already hard-pressed for writing time, so working more hours is not really an option: I have to submit a defensible draft to my adviser by March 1st. On the other hand, saving $5K between now and the end of March (when I have to enroll for Spring Quarter) will be a challenge. My parents have allowed me to move back in with them so that I can put what would be rent money into savings; without their generosity, I would not be able to save at all. I wanted to begin last month, but had one car problem after another! I drive a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am, so more hiccups are bound to arise in the near future... I would greatly appreciate any donations you could muster! They would defray the cost of tuition, fees, and a week-long trip to L.A. for the defense in April or May. In return, I will acknowledge you in my dissertation--"From Punta Rock to World Music (and Back): Constructions of Tradition in Garifuna Popular Music"--and provide you a copy if you so desire (although if you have other ideas in mind, let me know!). :-) You will also receive my eternal gratitude for helping me become the first in my family to obtain a Ph.D.!
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