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Help a hard working student study abroad this summer! The funds will be used for the cost of the program and a plane ticket to London.

I realize that this is a marginally selfish cause, but I figured I might as well give it a try. I am a 22 year old English major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and I want more than anything to be able to study abroad this summer in London. This trip is geared toward English majors like me because we can go see where Shakespeare lived, see London productions, and visit so many places where so much history and literature were made. I do get financial aid, and I do have a job, but I also support myself.

I pay my own rent ($600 at the moment), my car payment ($470, which I know is high), and my credit card and general bills (have three cards, so you know how that goes) on my own. My parents and my family members do not have the funds (though they do try when I really need it) to help me out, unlike other college students who have that luxury. I am taking sixteen credits, try to work at least 30 hours a week on minimum wage, and also write for my school paper, so I am on a pretty tight rope trying to balance everything. I work as hard as I can to make enough money to pay my bills, but I have no idea how I can raise the money to get to London. It is hard enough trying to get my car payment paid, let alone a $7000 trip and the up to $1400 plane ticket.

I just have no idea how I can do this, and I think I will never have the opportunity to even travel abroad again in my life. The farthest place I have ever been is Tennessee for my sister's wedding, and that was a struggle to get there. That is why I am trying here.

I understand my story is not as urgent or important as people with very serious illnesses, but I figured I might as well try. I am doing everything I can to try to make my dream come true.

Thank you for your time.
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