Other Adventurers and Pioneers
UPDATE: January 29, 2011
The bake sale was a resounding success and now we're moving on to the next project. Krista is planning a Valentine's Day bake sale! Watch for the order form here.
INTRODUCTION: December 6, 2010
My name is Krista, and I am a student at Mount Royal University where I am completing my second year of my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (I am also a storyteller, as you'll soon learn). I used to spend my days focused only on my studies and getting good grades until a recent turn of events opened my eyes.
Last year, my mother got very sick. I usually sum it up as "an unfortunate turn of events" to make for a less intense version of the story. In the end, she ended up passing away due to her illness. In the three months that I watched her in the hospital, I thought a lot about how futile life is and how important it is to live life to the fullest while we still have it. I told my mum often that I would take her to all of these places so she could be happy. Once she passed away, I knew I still wanted to do all of these things; I would bring her with me in spirit and show her all of the wonderful things life has to offer.
At my school, I was presented with the opportunity to do a field study in Ghana, Africa. Remembering my promise to my mother and myself, I decided to go to the information session to see what it was all about. There, a girl who had gone last year had showed everyone pictures and told stories about her adventures in Ghana. It was then I knew I wanted to do this, too. The idea of seeing such unknown things sparked something in me and made me pretty excited. Afterwards, a coordinator discussed the cost breakdown. I painstakingly listened through it as the realization that I was a poor university student sunk in.
I left the meeting room feeling hurt and disappointed. Where would I get the money to do this? As I sat down to have some lunch, I remembered something my mum would often tell me. She said she didn't care what I did in life, only that I was happy. Thinking about that made me feel a bit more positive, and in that positive mindset, I realized that if I wanted something badly enough, I could work hard to achieve it. Floodgates opened as I began to brainstorm ways of earning the money necessary for the trip. I knew that, from that day, I had about 6 months to attain my goal of earning about $8000. It seemed doable.
And so… this website is but one of the products of my positive thinking. My gracious aunty has offered to host a website similar to what she did with her daughter, Kim, when she was raising money for a surgery.
What I want to accomplish by going to Ghana is simple: I want to experience a way of life different from the North American way. I would love to learn more about Ghanaian culture and maybe teach Ghanaian's about what it's like to live in Canada. I plan to document the entire trip in various media styles (written word, videos, photos), so that I can bring my experiences home with me and share them with anyone interested.
Some things I am planning to do or have done in order to raise money:
Thanks a lot for your interest. For more information on my progress, please feel free to contact me in these various ways:
Note: Anyone may donate, but as we are not a registered charity no reciepts will be issued.
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