I have a message from a young, gifted and black college student who need our help. Without further ado, I introduce you to Felicia Smith! And here’s her story.
First I want to say thank you in a major way to Jennifer for allowing me the space to share my story with you all.
So who am I? My name is Felicia Smith, I’m 27 and reside in the West suburbs of Chicago. I graduated with my B.S. in Social Sciences from a tiny Liberal Arts school on the Southside of Chicago called Shimer College in April 2017.
My journey through academia hasn’t been an easy or smooth one, starting way back in Elementary school, I had some struggles in my younger years and as a result suffered from a lot of anxiety and bouts of depression into adulthood. From around 4th grade to sophomore year of High-school, I have probably accumulated more absences than 5 kids combined.
High-school was a drag for me, and I eventually ended up earning my GED at 16 after spending my sophomore year home-schooling myself. There were a lot of academic fluctuations between then and my graduation this year, but I’ll spare you all the details… we’d be here a while 😉
Fast forward to my life currently and the reason for telling my story, I have recently been accepted into a graduate program in Osnabrück, Germany where I will be pursuing my M.S. in Cognitive Science! My acceptance was for this coming Winter semester, but I chose to defer until the Summer so that I can apply for scholarships and hopefully land a temporary job to save some money.
I’ve never been out of the country, and outside of a short trip to California some years ago, have never really traveled, so this is a HUGE deal for me. Seeing as I don’t come from a wealthy family and haven’t hit the lottery (yet lol), I have of course been terrified about how I’m going to afford to get there and settled.
My father created a GoFundMe page to help raise some money and hopefully offset some of the initial financial burden on me. So I’m reaching out to all those who may come across my story and decide they would like to help. If you can’t monetarily contribute, sharing my page would be a wonderful asset as well! I’d love to become a part of the growing number of Black students that take up education beyond the borders of the U.S.!
Thank you to everyone for checking me out 🙂