Mysterious Ways

Good afternoon!

I just wanted to check in to share the most recent news, because things have changed quite a bit since my last post “So very bittersweet.

But first I want to thank you for your amazing support, encouragement, compassion, initiative and love. To see that so many people care about me and my education is just incredibly touching, and I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who truly want to see me succeed.

The past few days have shown me what the “Augie Advantage” really means. It’s not just that the faculty, administration and my classmates express their vocal encouragement, it’s that they go out of their way to find solutions. I haven’t received a single “Oh, that’s too bad you can’t afford it.” No, they’ve all approached me with “This has to work out. We’ll find a way!”

One of my favorite quotes came from Dr. Blank-Libra: “There is money. And the money must and will be found.”

 

So, some things have been happening behind the scenes, and I’ve decided to accept the offer and go to NYU!

 

I’m still about $15,000 short, and only God knows how I’ll get it, but I’m going.

Yes, I did receive some generous donations, for which I’m beyond grateful for and will tell you more about later, but the biggest change came from a sudden discovery that made it possible to rearrangement the budget. I can’t use the budget the school gave me, so I’ll probably have to live in a closet-sized room somewhere in Brooklyn and eat a little less, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. Now I just have to come up with $15,000, somehow.

Augustana. Photo: Maria Lavelle

 

For me, the decision to attend NYU is not about the prestige of going to one of the best film schools in the world. It’s about learning from the best and strengthening the voice I need to tell the important stories.

 

Thanks again for your support!

Bless you all,
Maria

Photo: Mike Shafer

6 thoughts on “Mysterious Ways”

  1. This is great news although “bittersweet”. Once you’ve decided not to lean on your own strength and understanding or man, your God in whom you’ve put your faith and trust will provide all your needs. Remember, in our weaknesses He makes us stronger and makes a way where there seems to be none.
    He will surely see you through!

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