140 Days: Help Achieve a Dream

So what can you do in 140 days?
You can help me achieve a dream, that’s what you can do.

Sounds big, right?  Well, for me it is.
Help send me to the Chicago Portfolio School.  That’s my dream.

Why 140 Days?
It was almost randomly picked, but 140 days ended up being the amount of time until my 27th birthday (June 13th).  I can’t think of a better gift than to be able to pursue my dream to become a better designer.

Why the Chicago Portfolio School? And what’s a “portfolio school”?
Well, for one, I’ve already been accepted into their design program.  The Chicago Portfolio School (CPS) is a 1-year intensive program.  There’s no degrees, no grades.  If you work hard, and dedicate yourself to your studies and work, then it’ll show.  I don’t want to wait for the next round of design MFA applications to come around, nor do I want to pay for a graduate program.  I want to throw myself into the deep end of design, and I truly believe that CPS is the right place for me.

Why do you need my help?
Unfortunately, I can’t get a loan.  In the past year I’ve dealt with changing jobs, low income, no overtime pay for overtime hours, no groceries or dollar store groceries, medical bills, medical bills, and more medical bills, and finally topping it off with losing my job on Christmas Eve because the company went under.  I’ve been trying to set my life straight, and it’s been a hard journey.  I believe that refining my skills, getting training by people in the business — completing the CPS design program — will truly help me get my life on track.  That I’ll be better prepared for a good design job.  But I simply cannot do it alone.

Why don’t you get a job?
I’m working on that!  I really am.  I’m sending out applications and will be meeting with temp agencies — all so I can actually support myself while in school.  But it still doesn’t change the fact that I need help now.  Also, due to my endometriosis, I can’t take some jobs.  Trust me, I hate this fact — if I could physically handle waitressing, I’d be doing it right now.  My endo isn’t an excuse, it’s a painful condition and I keep having to push back my surgery.  BUT, however, yes I will be working while taking classes.

So, how much ar you asking for?
It doesn’t take much.  Just $10, $20.. whatever you can give.  It won’t go unthanked.  My full tuition is $15,200.  But any little bit truly does help.  I’m setting up goals within the 140 Days.  It would be absolutely huge to raise my full tuition through donations and grants — but trust me, I’d be ecstatic just to raise half of the tuition costs by my birthday.

Goal #1: $500 by March 1 to cover my deposit to hold my spot in the program.
Goal #2: $3800 by April 4th to cover my first quarter’s tuition.

I don’t take this lightly, asking for help — especially financial help. It makes me feel all weird and like I’ve fail at the “being adult” thing. But this dream is just too big to just let slip by. I really, firmly believe that this is the right direction for me.  I’m letting go of my pride and loudly saying I can’t do this on my own. I need help — I need your help.

I’ve had a lot of emotional support thus far, and I am extremely grateful for it. For every person who congratulated me, or liked my status that I’d been accepted — you have no idea how much that touched me. Thank you. Seriously, thank you.

This goal is obtainable. I know it in my heart.

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