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VR Equipment Fundraiser to Help Me Finish My BA!
$180 raised
16% of $1.1k goal
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86 Weeks running

As many of you know, I am on track to completing my Bachelors Degree by early 2019. I've come a LONG way since I began this amazing journey in 2012 when I took a leap of faith and went back to school to earn a degree in Fine Arts. I achieved my AA in 2015 at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut where I graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA(!!). I then moved to the other side of the country to live with my partner in Washington state, and in 2017 I enrolled at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA to earn my Bachelors Degree. The past several years have been intense, exciting, and rewarding -- and I am nearly done completing my BA! I am on track to graduate in Spring 2019!

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Evergreen Orientation MY CAUSE
Luckily for me, the hard work I put into school thus far has helped me to earn financial aid and a couple of generous scholarships. Despite this, however, I need help paying for computer hardware that will be crucial for me to complete the next two college quarters. I have a part time job, but
the hours are sporadic and unreliable. I occasionally take on design commissions, and sell some art, but I don't earn enough to save up for larger expenses. At this time, most of my time and energy is reserved for my education and related projects.

Your generous donations will help me to pay for a VR headset and accompanying haptic devices (worn on the hands to help the user interact with the VR world), and a refurbished PC that will allow me to run a software program called Unity3D, which is used for developing VR applications. Although I do currently own a gaming laptop which is fairly powerful, it doesn't meet the hardware specs needed to run the software. Fortunately, I have access to a local PC tech who has offered to obtain a powerful system that would meet my needs.

My Fall 2018 quarter will be an Independent Study in which I will use the VR headset, refurbished PC, and my school's Multimedia Lab to work toward developing a simple virtual reality demo, with the aim of completing one successful working demo by the end of the quarter. I'll also do research
about avatars in virtual reality, personal identity, character building, gender studies, human bodies in relation to identity, adornment, body modification, cosplay/costumes, philosophical inquiries related to virtual reality, and other related topics. My main goal for Fall quarter is to obtain the skills I will need to complete my final Capstone project during Winter quarter, which will be my last school quarter before graduation!

My estimated costs:

  • Approx. $500 USD for a VR headset/haptic device combo (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are two possible models I might select)
  • Approx $500-$700 USD for a refurbished gaming PC.

(**I have looked into getting refurbished VR headsets as well, but found it isn't recommended, as the warranty for the device is not transferable if it's resold)

Evergreen entrance PLEASE HELP!
Fall Quarter begins on the 24th of September, 2018, so I have just under two months to raise the money. I know that money is tight for a lot of you -- I definitely understand how difficult it can be to find extra money at the end of the day. However, if you are able to donate even a dollar or two, that donation would get me that much closer to my goal. If you aren't able to donate, please share this campaign and help me reach more potential donors.

Over my lifetime, I have accumulated an extensive background of artistic experience, with both formal education and in being self-taught. I have explored a wide range of traditional and digital arts, including painting, illustration, photography, printmaking, graphic design, photo and video
editing, digital art, 3D modeling, 3D printing, virtual world content creation, web design, acting, experimental poetry, and more. With this skill set & my personal passions, I've decided to pursue a career in the field of Virtual Reality development. Rather than follow the path of game development, as many others are already doing, I would prefer to apply my talents to creating Virtual Reality projects that are more aligned with artistic, educational, and therapeutic experiences. While most people might think of VR as simply entertainment, it has many potentials to make life fuller and better for humanity. VR has been used in medical and surgery training, in automobile design, for PTSD therapy, for educational experiences in classrooms, for occupational training, and more. It can help foster empathy and create immersive artistic experiences. It will likely be developed for use in film, television, and theatrical performances as well. Virtual Reality is a new frontier, a growing field with many exciting potentials. I look forward to being part of that effort, and I want to be able to help make the world a better place with my contributions.



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