First of all, thank you very much for taking time out to read my campaign page.
My name is Jian An (Janard) and I come from Singapore, a city-state located in Southeast Asia (right below Malaysia) in case you were wondering. I recently completed my Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Geography about two months ago (May 2016) and am waiting to embark on my Masters journey (MSc Global Migration with UCL) in London, which is the purpose of this fundraising campaign.
I will be honest and admit upfront that this decision to pursue a postgraduate program is an inherently selfish one on my part for it is not necessary nor does it guarantee career progression of any sort. It is simply a personal choice I made in order to learn more about human mobilities, which I posit remains an under-explored (misunderstood even in some cases) phenomenon despite its ubiquity. As nation-states become more interconnected and movements more prevalent and complex (not just within Europe but other parts of the world as well), there is surely need for a deeper understanding of migrancy issues (Eg. notions of citizenship, belonging, interaction with host countries etc). While I could definitely continue to read Masters in my alma mater (though NUS doesn’t have an entire course dedicated to migration like UCL does) which is also a much cheaper option, I believe that it will be more insightful if I were to relocate and experience what it means to be a migrant (of sort) myself owing to the nature of my intended major.
Yet finances (or my lack thereof rather) continues to be a very real constraint and regrettably, I was unable to obtain a scholarship due to my less-than-stellar undergraduate results. I am usually a passive/disinterested person by nature but certain revelations in recent years affirmed me that I should live more 'boldly' and reduce the number of regrets. I am not disgruntled – I know that I am not a genius by any measure – but merely hold the opinion that the right to pursue further education uninhibited (primarily monetary-wise) should not be privy only to the ‘elite tier’ of students. Mediocrity should not be a good enough reason to dissuade someone from following his/her interests (within acceptable range of course). Then again, I can’t (and won't) deny that one reason why I chose to venture overseas is so that I am able to do some exploration as well – which is another form of learning! Thus beside intellectual fulfilment, there is a keen traveling desire too.
So far, I have managed to offset three out of four major expenses. My tuition fees will be covered by an Education Bank Loan and I should be able to get by on my personal savings for day-to-day expenses (will be scrimpy but still viable if I am prudent with my spending). Additionally, my current temporary job assignment will take care of the pre-departure administrative costs (plane tickets, visa application, health sub-charges etc) involved. The only aspect I am unable to self-fund fully is accommodation (gonna flat share of course!). As everyone knows, housing in London is extremely expensive (especially Zone 1 where UCL is located and I’m trying to save on transportation by living somewhere walkable so… there's a conundrum there). Undoubtedly, I will be seeking part-time employment (hopefully it works out) but my visa status limits the number of hours I can work so that is a bummer.
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I hope it is clear by now that I am trying to minimise the amount of money that I will need to borrow from my family. I won’t (can’t actually) tell you why and how I am better than others and hence why you should fund me because I am really not. I am simply appealing to the good nature of anyone who reads this. I can’t promise that reading this Masters course will make a significant difference or have a positive impact on Singapore or anywhere – hopefully I can work in related agencies/fields upon graduation though – but I am confident that it will mould me into a less insouciant and more culturally-sensitive, global citizen.
If my story resonates with you, I hope you can find it in your heart to make a donation to my cause (only if you are comfortable of course). If it doesn’t, I also welcome you to voice out your opinions. Feel free to drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) too.
Thank you once again for reading this.