—Tuition (Broke College Student Partition Remix)
Driver, lower my tuition please.
Driver, lower my tuition please.
I don have enough money for my basic needs.
Working 40+ hours just to pay my rent
Now I don’t even have a single cent
Tuition is high, I gotta pay for books
Oh I’m so broke . I don’t wanna look
I popped open my wallet, no funds to count
My credit declined and my check just bounced
Oh, there daddy, daddy betta bring that TAP
Oh, baby, baby where my FASFA at?
Gon’ take 45 years to pay off all dis debt
And I ain’t even finished college yet
Took all my money… I just want to get a decent credit score, a decent credit score
Took all my money .. I can’t even pay this interest no more, pay this interest no more
This debt gon kill me
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Because women of colour experience racism in ways not always the same as those experienced by men of color and sexism in ways not always parallel to experiences of white women, antiracism and feminism are limited, even on their own terms… The failure of feminism to interrogate race means that the resistance strategies of feminism will often replicate and reinforce the subordination of people of colour, and the failure of antiracism to interrogate patriarchy means that antiracism will frequently reproduce the subordination of women
hello! so, my name is shana and i am a queer & trans* and genderqueer and nonbinary person living in u.s.a. i am a person of colour (south asian— biracial, half white— specifically), i’m disabled, neurodivergent, severely mentally ill, deaf/HoH, and i grew up mostly in india. i am a writer, poet, artist, activist, lover, fighter, friend, paramour, cat-adorer, polkadot-admirer, colourful fashionista, weird unsynched dancer, model at times, thrifter, and so on and so forth….
i’m trying to make it in this rather oppressive world, it’s hard, etc. basically i am poor (by firstworld standards i mean) and struggling really badly and it’s really difficult. i receive disability benefits and welfare but unfortunately that is far from anything close to enough. (like, people on SSI— which is what i’m on— live significantly below the poverty line. & food stamps— which i also have— were recently cut and may be cut more. etc etc etc.) i am very fortunate though to receive these benefits, but i am still really really struggling.
this is a post where i talk about how you can help me out financially if you are able to and would be so kind! i would appreciate it endlessly, i really mean it. i am struggling so much. and if you can’t, i understand, but please signal boost this if you can!
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO DONATE TO ME:
- send me money via paypal [my email is shana dot haydock at gmail dot com, and my phone number is four one three six five seven one five three six]
- i am also offering peer support therapy on a sliding scale; let me know if you are interested!
- buy me a gift card [if you would like to see my other wishlists, feel free to ask me about them!]
- if you have any clothing, books, electronics, household items, furniture, devices and other miscellany that you would like to get rid of or you think i would like or be able to use or sell, ask me about it and we can arrange some sort of exchange
- if you are a good photographer and in my area (Massachusetts), ask to take pictures of me on a trade basis/ hire me as a model! it will help build my and your portfolios.
- contact me if there are some other services i can provide for you (no spam please)
your donations will help me with many things, including but not limited to all of the following:
- getting my writing published, my artwork exhibited, my poetry performed (more), getting more known as a writer and artist
- applying to/ transferring & going back to college to finish my undergraduate degree
- doing more webdesign, harnessing my webdesign skills, sustaining and build my websites
- making and selling my crafts
- taking driving lessons & getting my driver’s license & getting a car
- becoming more successful as an “alternative” (plus-size, brown, queer, disabled) model
- getting the freedom center (a radical mental health organization I’m involved with) up and running well again
- becoming more officially involved with peer support work
- having more ability and time and resources to write and create art
- having fewer mental breakdowns hopefully
- supporting my other volunteering efforts in my local community (i currently volunteer at a local bookstore, for example)
- helping me travel for modelling gigs
- helping me get equipment and costumes for modelling gigs,
- helping with everyday living things
- supporting other poor people
- being able to do more things in general, being able to do relationships and friendships better, just. being able to do things.
- surviving. living. existing. being.
i can give you more details if you want.
and i can tell you about how i’m trying really hard to write more, to create art. how supplies are really expensive. how i’m pretty good at finding super cheap things and making art on the fly, but it still costs money, time, etc. how i can’t really get out of bed very easily most days. how i’m too sick to hold down a regular job. how my family doesn’t have money/ i’m rather distanced from my family/ it’s complicated. how i’m breaking down right now and all the time. how writing this feels terrifying. how i’m trying to support my partner who is in many ways worse off than i am right now. how i try to support my friends. how as a queer, brown, trans*, disabled person of colour, it is… well, life is more than just a minefield. and i could tell you all these things, and how i was raised in such academic culture and how i was supposed to have my PhD by now but that isn’t so, and i could keep going on here, but the thing is i should not have to justify needing money to survive. i think the only reason i’m saying all this is because i am so afraid.
i would really, really, really appreciate any help. thank you. i exist in solidarity with other marginalized peoples, and i want to survive, i want to live, i want to get by, i want to help others, i want to do so many things. & i can’t always do as much as i want to do, but i do think having some sense of economic security— anything really— would help a lot.
regarding my bills: [this is a paragraph i need to break down better so it’s after a cut for now…]