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I am trying to raise money in order to pay my university expenses and save my education. Please help.

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Sometimes when there is no way out the only choice left is to turn to community. I am a student in Salem State University who needs financial help in order to be able to graduate. It has been three semesters now that I haven't been able to continue my education because of not being able to pay school tuition and other fees. After spending 3 years of hard earned money I am now in danger of loosing my academic status.

There is no other hope than believing in the power of humanity and hoping that there are people out there who wouldn't mind to spend their one day earnings to save someones future.

Also to notify that I have been a dean list student throughout the time being in Salem State University.

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Now let me tell you little more about myself. I come from a small country in the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.... AZERBAIJAN... Yes thats where I am from. I was born and raised in Azerbaijan. After finishing my high school I moved to Bulgaria for college. Even tho I had partial scholarship I wasn't financially available to afford the rest of the tuition so I decided to come to United States, work for some years and then start college. So I did.

I came to Marthas Vineyard and worked for the company called H.N. Hinckleys & Sons, INC. Its the biggest lumber and hardware company in the island of Marthas Vineyard. Starting from cashier and moving into different titles in the company, I stayed at Hinckleys quite some time. After saving enough money to start college I applied to Salem State College and I got accepted. So I moved to Salem, Massachusetts which was a new era in my life.

Well its very hard for an international student to survive in a college in US if you don't have a scholarship or any kind of grant. The reason is that we are not allowed to work. Well I started my college life and it went pretty successful until the point my money was over. And this whole story brings me to this very moment.

What have I done this whole time??? Let me share some of my experiences. I have actively taken a part in cultural activities. You can find some links, images and videos about my cultural activities on the left side of this page. I have been dancing and coaching at MAVI DANCE (www.mavidance.com/).

Oh by the by. Forgot to mention what i am studying. :)) My field of study would be Computer Science. Let me tell you why? I was kind of jealous why in US it was so easy to find businesses and anything you look for. Everything was online. But in my home country noting was out there. So I always wanted to create websites that would help community. So did I? Lets see...

First I created a website called www.mysticeastgallery.com - This website inlcuded photos of famous paintings and carpets and sculptures and etc.Then later on I came up with an idea of business directory and talked to one of my best friends about it. He supported the idea so that was the birth of Axtaraq.biz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5dWas9BvuE

Axtaraq.biz is an online business directory service offering categorized profiles of companies operating in Azerbaijan. Its an absolutely free service offered to Azeri community to find companies easier.

So this is it I quess... You know almost everything about me. Oh yeahhh.. One more detail. YOU CAN CALL ME BALA. :) THATS WHAT MY FRIENDS CALL ME.

MY WARMEST AND SINCEREST REGARDS.
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