I'm updating this because my original ask was to help me survive the summer. You can see my original ask below. Right now I am concerned to make it through this semester. As a full time student, I need to focus on classes and I am limited in the hours I can work to make money. Due to disability, I am also limited in energy/time/etc. I continue to work in the gallery, where I average about 5 hours a week, and I also am able to get up to 5 hours a week (as in, not always that many - the week I'm writing this I got 1 hour) in a new position providing administrative support to the art history department. This is minimum wage however and doesn't go very far. I'm living on my student loans, so my rent is covered and I was able to pay three months forward on my phone bill and pay down my credit cards so that the monthly payments are lower than they were. My monthly costs are still about $700 a month beyond the rent. Because of chronic illness/disability, I need to be careful to eat properly, maintain vitamin and herbal supplement intake, etc. especially at this time of year. Any support that can help me to do this is greatly appreciated. I've recently updated my Statement of Purpose
to reflect what I am trying to do and why my work matters. If you are not familiar, you may consider that as well. Thank you.
Original ask and background details:
I am a QTPOC who is also disabled, with chronic illness, chronic pain, and mental illness. I am a full time student of art history, an artist, poet, culture critic, and freelance writer/editor. I received financial aid that has allowed me to continue attending classes in the summer months towards my degree. I work in the school gallery a few hours a week and the rest of my small income is from freelance gigs. Because of my disabilities I have to use Uber to get to and from school/the gallery - averaging about $60 a week just for that. Because of disability/illness/transportation costs I don't get to go out to art related events like I should, which also means I miss out on potential opportunities and clients.
Summer courses are six weeks that cram an entire 15 week class into that shortened period. Right now I am attending one class two days a week for four hours each day, and I spend a lot of time on the homework. At the end of June I finish this class and begin to take TWO classes. That means from late June to mid-August I will be in classes four days a week for about 4 hours a day, and have homework/reading/writing to keep up with for the classes. My financial aid covered the classes and a little extra that pays rent through August, but I have other living expenses (transportation costs, food, phone bill, credit card bills from buying textbooks for fall and groceries/household needs, etc.) and will not have another financial aid disbursement until late September.
I'm short the rent for September and struggling to keep up with the other bills. Once I start the second half of summer class sessions, I will have very little ability to maintain my freelance gigs for those six weeks and also have little availability when the gallery has hours.
If you have the means to support a crip/sick QTPOC to survive this summer, it will give me the ability to do my best in classes (which means more scholarship possibilities in the future) without adding to my illnesses/pain. It will allow me to eat properly and keep my most basic bills paid. And it will be greatly appreciated.