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As a student at Hampshire College studying architecture and humanity, I am excited to have the opportunity to study in South Korea this winter in a program that runs from December 27th to January 17th. I am from a small rural town on the outer cape, from a household led by my mom. I was born with profound hearing loss. I never let my hearing loss and eventual cochlear implants stop me from working hard and working on my dreams and that’s why I’m asking for help. Between my mom and scholarships and financial aid and my part time jobs, I have been fortunate to be part of the Hampshire College and now, I hope, this program in Seoul. Studying for a month at Korea University opens up a whole new world for me. I am fascinated by its modern and traditional culture as well as its architecture and looking forward to learning about both. In this program, I would be part of small field trips with other students and have the chance to meet both international and Korean students and get an understanding of their culture and architectural perspectives. I know that the experiences and knowledge I acquire there can be applied to my design and research projects when I return. And despite how I have cochlear implants and being a native English speaker, I’m learning Korean. The cost of the program is $3,800 for tuition and housing, plus an estimated $2,000 for airfare and meals while there. This is not included in my regular tuition at Hampshire. I’ve been working two jobs and saving over the summer, and I will be working this fall as well, but am still looking to raise additional funds to pay for the program. Can you help? Thanks for your time and consideration.