Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Interest

Couldn't pay the installment in full yesterday, so now i got charges with and additional $43 towards my second installment. I still need $1400 for the first one, and in total it is $4,251 by October 15th.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Art and other struggles

Yesterday, on a hot Sunday morning, myself and 3 other film major ladies ventured out from La Mirada to the heart of Los Angeles to help a Biola Alumna set dress a location for a music video shoot. We covered about 200 little windows with colorful gels that we measured and cut out on the spot. It was a good experience in the actual business and we got internship hours!

After 12 hours in a loft without AC in a 100F degree weather, I ad to sleep in this morning. Glad I do not have classes on Mondays. So now it is time to do some homework, like Plato's Republic, and Augustine's City of God, and couple film documentaries.

My fundraising continues, and today is the due dates for my first installment. I am still lacking $1,600. All I have saved up is $500 which i planned to put towards my rent in 10 days. I am in a great need, and my next payment is due on October 15th with another $2,800.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Three Things

The semester started off in a very fast pace; I am still trying to catch up on the syllabi for all of my classes. I have loads of homework, like reading 250 pages of Plato's Republic in 3 days, and researching things about Revolutionary War. I got about 60 hours of work during the opening weekend which gave me enough money for the next month's rent, but that's about it. Now in the midst of my 18 units of school I do not get much time to work.

Here are my 3 very important things:

1) I still have to pay off the tuition for this semester, and the first installment is due in a week, on September 15th. The second, and last, installment will be due on October 15th. They are $2,800 each.

How you can help: if you would like to make an anonymous donation, you can give a gift straight to my Biola account 
[By mail: Checks may be mailed to the Accounting Office, 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada CA 90639. Be sure to include the student name and ID number - Ekaterina Makarova 1554167
By phone : Call the Accounting Office at (562) 903-4760].
For other payment methods or any questions about me, my situation, and my vision, please contact me via email: ekaterina.makarova@biola.edu

2) The further I go into my school program, the more I realize how hard it is to have an outdated computer that constantly wants to commit suicide... No kidding, I have a 2008 Black MacBook that cannot be upgraded to latest software anymore and I can't run the majority of applications I need for school, and it is working quite slow. The latest inconvenience I faced is not being able to fully participate in the Editing class course, because it is required for students to have their laptops with editing software installed. I hope to rent a computer from the library, but I do not know yet if it will be available for every class period I need it for and if I could install the software on it.

How you can help: a) you could donate a MacBook Pro towards my education. b) you could help me save up for one.

3) The last I want to talk about today is The Biola Film. It is a Pre-Production/ Production class of 6 units available each semester for the film students, where we go through the pre-production and production process of a film. It is a big student film project that gets partly sponsored by the University. I am taking this class now, and my role on this project is the Art Director.
The film storyline is placed in the Revolutionary War time period and is about Nathan Hale, a young school teacher who volunteered to be a spy and got caught within a couple of days. We as students have to raise money to be able to make this film. It is all for real.

How you can help: follow this link to our Kickstarter campaign to donate and get special treats https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/833376312/an-american-spy

or, if you would prefer to do a tax donation through Biola here are the instruction:

Under the donation options choose "Other"
Type "for Biola Film, An American Spy”

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm in

All is good, my 50% down payment was covered on August 15th. I have been working with Event Services on campus since Monday, August 18th. It is good to be back with them. Setting up and resetting for the opening weekend got me very tired - I was doing a lot of physical work; lots of tables and chairs we had to transfer from place to place and set up at different locations. I got 48.5 hours over a week, and will get some more tonight. This will cover my rent expenses for October, so I am very grateful and excited.

Tomorrow is the first day of classes, and I start off with Pre-production/Production classes, aka The Biola Film. I am an Art Director for this project, and expecting to have a lot of fun as well as a lot of sleepless nights of building sets and making props. This should be a great semester, and a hard one. I am taking 18 units, and will also have to squeeze in work somewhere in between classes and homework.

I still have to pay the rest of my tuition, which is split in two installments of $2,800. The first installment is due September 15th - pretty soon. I am trying to pay for the house on my own, as well as food, but I can barely make it, especially with school in session. Please consider donating towards my tuition, and if you wish, you could also donate towards my housing expenses.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Getting closer

Housing problems are slowly getting resolved; tuition costs are on the way to being covered. I had to call my family on Monday and tell them about my financial struggles, which ended up with my mom and my grandma being all stressed out and having sleepless nights. This is why I usually do not tell them such things... But this time I had to. My Grandma gave me almost all her available savings of $1,365. I was hesitant to accept that gift, but otherwise she won't sleep until I pay off my tuition and will be able to continue my education - getting a degree is very important for the elder generation.

Hence, with some generous donations, I am $622 short to be able to cover my down payment. I need it by this Friday, 15th afternoon to avoid the late payment fee.

Once again, if you would like to make an anonymous donation, you can give a gift straight to my Biola account 
[By mail: Checks may be mailed to the Accounting Office, 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada CA 90639. Be sure to include the student name and ID number - Ekaterina Makarova 1554167
By phone : Call the Accounting Office at (562) 903-4760].
For other payment methods or any questions about me, my situation, and my vision, please contact me via email: ekaterina.makarova@biola.edu

Couple examples of what my vision is aimed towards:


Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Home To Be

I moved into a house on Friday, and it'd been a little bit crazy since then. Still moving furniture around and unpacking, but it is very nice to be out of the dorms and have some cozy private space. There are new questions and struggles that came with this, like no free AC or ants or how to store your belongings in a room with no closet. But it is fun to go through this with my 8 housemates and gain experience in these kind of questions. Hope to make this place my home.

My biggest struggle is still paying the tuition. I have until Friday, August 15th to raise $4,000 to cover my down payment. Then it is going to go into a late enrollment fee of $200 if I will not pay by the 15th, and August 25th my classes will be dropped. I am stressed; praying for peace and miracles. The rent payment date is also approaching.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Unexpected things

This week was the last week of the summer job with Conference Services at Biola. It is quite bittersweet. I spent two wonderful months with a great team preparing rooms for guests, checking them in and out, doing lots and lots of laundry... Now I know how to fold fitted sheets into nice small rectangles and how to adjust dorm beds height.

I have just finished packing my belongings and now ready to move out of the dorms in the morning. I am excited to live in a house next year. I've been unexpectedly blessed by some furniture, so I will not have to worry about sleeping on the floor anymore. Though I would be totally fine with that.

Another unexpected thing happened this week - I found out that the 25%x4 payment plan for the college tuition is not available anymore. Apparently to be able to sign up for that plan I had to make a down payment by July 15th, not August 15th when all typical down payments are due. So now I have to come up with 50% by August 15th to avoid the late fee and other problems.

I had my hopes for the 25% down payment, but now I have to raise $4,000 more to be able to cover the 50% down payment. Praying about it. I ask you to pray about this, too, and consider helping me with a gift of $50, $100, $500 or higher.

Please contact me via email if you wish to make a donation: ekaterina.makarova@biola.edu

If you would like to know why am I doing this, you can scroll down to my previous posts or go to this link:
http://mak-speakinglouder.blogspot.com/2014/01/about-whys.html