I had just finished my first year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). I had a return ticket to Sofia, Bulgaria on May 6th, 2010, but I didn’t take the flight; instead, I stayed on campus and worked.
Every year, tuition went up and the bill was due by July 31st. And yet again, I didn’t know if I was going to start classes in the Fall.
I was saving money by living off campus, working, and spending my first summer away from home. I remember spending late nights in Higgins Lab 106 watching TV shows to improve my English.
I saved enough to pay a portion of my tuition bill, but it was not enough. Fundraising mode was on again.
I googled all the organizations in Bulgaria that I could find and drafted a letter to each of them.
Rejections started coming in. I got an email from the Bursar’s Office addressed to Student ID: 248177657 — “Your Tuition Bill is Overdue.”
was working at the TV studio when I checked my email. I had an email
from the Communitas Foundation, received on Aug 3rd, 7:13 AM. I opened
the email and read:
“Communitas Foundation reviewed your request. We have decided to partially fund the remainder of your tuition costs.”
A loud scream of joy came out of the TV studio. I went to the front desk to share the good news with my co-workers.
Thank you, Communitas Foundation!