Taylor Swift dona más de 25.000 Euros a una joven de 18 años para sus estudios universitarios

Tras conocer que la estudiante buscaba fondos para poder proseguir en la Universidad, Taylor Swift sumó su dinero a un 'crowdfunding' puesto en marcha
Taylor Swift dona más de 25.000 Euros a una joven de 18 años para sus estudios universitarios

Taylor, solidaria

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"Mi nombre es Vitoria Mario, y soy una joven negra de 18 años con un sueño...". Así comienza la petición de ayuda económica puesta en marcha por una persona que apuesta por la solidaridad para proseguir con su futuro académico.

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Con esta llamada de atención, Vitoria ha ido recogiendo la solidaridad que, a modo de dinero, suponían aportaciones diversas. Pero, de repente, 23.373 £ (que son 25.915 € al cambio) llegaban a su crowdfunding junto al mensaje de Taylor Swift: "Vitoria, me encontré con tu historia en línea y estoy muy inspirada por tu impulso y dedicación para convertir tus sueños en realidad. Quiero regalarte el resto de la cantidad objetivo. ¡Buena suerte con todo lo que haces! Con amor, Taylor"

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Queda claro pues que llamar a la puerta de la solidaridad puede tener un resultado positivo. Vitoria, gracias a la ayuda de muchas personas y en especial a Taylor Swift podrá estudiar en la Universidad. En su alegato, que podemos leer íntegramente más adelante, destacaba que está en "una posición de incertidumbre ya que es posible que no pueda asistir a la universidad debido a mis circunstancias. He vivido en el Reino Unido durante 4 años, después de emigrar de Portugal para vivir con mi familia en Tottenham". La estudiante habla de las barreras socioeconómicas que le impiden acceder a préstamos y subvenciones mientras que su familia tiene bajos ingresos por lo que no puede financiar sus estudios.

Ahora todo ha cambiado.

El llamamiento de Vitoria

My name is Vitoria Mario, and I am a young Black 18 year old with a dream.

I have received a conditional offer to study Mathematics (MMath) at the prestigious University of Warwick. I have already attained AABB at AS Level and I have recently achieved A*A*A in my A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, respectively.

However, I am still in a position of uncertainty as I may not be able to attend university due to my circumstances. I have lived in the U.K. for 4 years now, after migrating from Portugal to live with family in Tottenham. The socio-economic barriers of not being eligible for maintenance loans/grants is due not only to not having ‘Home’ status, but also because my family are low income, and unable to help me self-fund through university.

Sadly, my father has passed away, and my mother remains in Portugal. Moving away from her was a challenge but it was a sacrifice worth being made, in my family’s eyes. “If you can get a university education in the UK, you will be set apart for life”.

In spite of this, I have always been a studious person, and after coming to the U.K. in 2016, unable to utter a word in English, I achieved 100% A*-As in all my GCSEs in 2018, getting a grade 9 and 8 in Maths and English respectively. I am currently a student at Brampton Manor Academy, notorious for their work in helping young Black and minority ethnic students such as myself gain entry to top U.K. institutions.

Only 35% of STEM students are female, and as of 2018, they make up just 26% of STEM graduates. In addition to the gender imbalance, there is further under-representation of BAME women, particularly Black women, who are in shortage within the field and academic institutions.

Why didn't I do this earlier, you may ask?

I emailed numerous (442 to be exact) people from top firms to see if they were able to assist me or point me in the right direction, but was rejected or left without response. As desperate times called for desperate measures, I also went to some of the most affluent postcodes in London, including Kensington, to post my story through letterboxes, but unfortunately faced the same response.

Though my story is not unique, my dream of becoming a Mathematician is not only a chance at social mobility for my family and I, but to inspire people who have been in similar positions to aspire to be the best version of themselves and strive for their dreams despite gender/racial inequality, immigration issues and financial barriers.

Financial Breakdown (estimate for 4 year course)

Accommodation - £24,000
Equipment (e.g. Laptop, textbooks ) - £3,000
Living costs (e.g. food, transport, gas, electricity etc.) - £13, 000

I am grateful for any assistance with my journey and appreciate the time taken to engage with my story.

Vitoria Mario

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