Friday, July 18, 2014

Halfway Over

More than half of the summer is gone, and the weather haven't changed much. It only became more humid. Yes, I feel the difference.

Working for Biola Conference Services has been a fun and at times challenging experience. There are days when we have not much to do, and there are days when we get pretty wiped out. But all is good. We have a great team, and we enjoy the workflow together.

The biggest news this far is that I am NOT going home this summer. It was a tough decision, but looking at the amount off stress i would have if i will go home - i would only have two weeks and i need to get a new student visa over that time period - i decided to stay. And this way i will be able to save up a little bit for my college expenses.

Speaking of which, my tuition payment is due August 15th. Biola has a new payment plan this year, where you can make 4 installments of 25%. My tuition cost this semester, with an added Health Insurance, is $10,812.74. The down payment I have to make before August 15th with a 4x25% plan is $2,788. Then 3 more installments of the rest due Sept 15, Oct 15, and Nov 15.

On August 8th I am moving into a house with another 8 Biola girls. The rent is going to be $400 +some utilities expenses per person. I will not be living in dorms and will cook at home, which should save me a minimum of $300 per month.

I come to this tough moment of fundraising once again, but I am very excited about my next year at Biola University. So many plans, interesting classes and projects to make. I hope to make the coming year even better than the first one. Please consider helping me with donations and prayers! I wouldn't be here without your generous support.

If you are interested in what was I doing the last semester, here are couple links to the projects i was working on




Monday, June 9, 2014

Here is one of my fellow classmate's short films that i got a chance to work on. I did Production Design and Set Dressing on my own.

Three's A Crowd from Jeffrey Prosser on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Year One - check!

Here's an update!

Second semester was more crazy then the first one. First time ever i got an on set experience. Though these were all student film sets, i still learned A LOT and enjoyed it in general very much, despite the sleepless nights and weird food most of the times, it was so worth it. My grades this semester are not the best ones - doing homework was a struggle due to lack of time (and some procrastination) - but i do not regret being so busy making films; I am here to learn to to that after all.

I got my SSN and began working on campus for Event Services. For now it involves a lot of heavy lifting and such - we set up tables, chairs, audio, lights and etc for different events held at Biola. Next semester they want me to work more with video related things. So this is also a thing that is taking my time now. I can't work a lot because i have school, but it still pays some money.

I am overall very blessed to be here and to be able to finish a school year in a foreign country. There were very tough times, and there were very amazing and fun times. God's grace is so good. I am very thankful for the people who helped me out financially and made this experience possible. I am looking for more miracles to happen in the next 3 years that i still have till graduation.

Next year i will be living off campus in a house with other 8 Biola girls. This will save me a little bit of money, at least for the food, which i will be able to cover on my own. I am still in need for tuition costs, and housing will cost me about $450 a month.

This week i am enjoying the time of rest and doing almost nothing. Catching up on sleep, movies, beach time. On June 2nd i will start a summer job on campus. I do not have enough finances for the tickets back home, so i am staying for work until August 8th, then i will try to go back home to renew my student visa.

Here is a link to my own films, besides the endless amount of films i got to help out with:

https://vimeo.com/makboo

Friday, May 2, 2014

Worthy of sharing

It's been a while since the last update, but i am alive and pushing it through school work! A more detailed update will follow soon, but for now i would like to share this video i stumbled upon. A friend of mine shared it, and it reminded me why am i doing all of this - a super expensive film program at a private christian university.... One day i want these kind of projects to be done in my home country, showing the same problems, same pain, same solutions...but relative to the culture of my people.

Enjoy.

ReMoved from HESCHLE on Vimeo.

Friday, January 24, 2014

2 Corinthians 9:15

I've been reading the book of Ezekiel over the last month. It is quite a depressing and terrifying book, but it is also a book of hope. While reading, one phrase kept jumping at me throughout the text - "I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it". God was speaking about brining judgement upon Israel, but this phrase stood out to me and reminded me of his faithfulness. The Lord made it clear that he will guide me ant take care of me, that is why i took this leap of faith called 'college abroad'. He had proved that he would provide, and today he proved it again. Despite all my stress, and occasional panic, i kept my faith in his word.

God works in mysterious ways. Over this week i got responses from people i haven't spoken to in years, and from people i have never met in my life. My down payment was payed off in mere minutes before my classes were supposed to be dropped. I now have access to buildings and my meal plan again.

I thank you all for your support, those who were giving big and a little, those who were praying, encouraging, providing with food, and even those who did nothing. "Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word". Psalm 119:74

Now i am off to reading and learning, as classes start next week, applying for jobs, and waiting upon the Lord to provide with my next three installments of $1,956 each.

God is good.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

$4,445 to go!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Moving Forward, One Step At a Time

I got $1,600 of help this week, and I also changed my meal plan to save me $427 for this semester. Now I am $6,000 away from my down payment goal.

I also received a notification email today stating that if i will not complete my enrollment on time, i.e. make the down payment before the final deadline of January 31st, I will have to check out of my dorm. Great news, folks, God is at work.