Help Clarisa become a Mental Health carer♥

My name is Clarisa, I am from Argentina but 4 years ago I moved to Australia in search of a better life and, Perth in WA is home now. 

I never thought I would be asking for help to study. I was raised in a family were asking for help and money to anyone outside our family was seen as wrong. For the first time in my life, I'm making a big effort to change my views on that and to accept that sometimes we all need help in our life. I have always struggled with it because of my family, and I have always been the strong one that had her life together and never ever needed the help from anyone to build my life, I'm not talking about only money here, but any kind of help.  It took me many years to realise that we are all humans, and even when we are used to only give our time and energy to others, there's a moment when we also need that too, and that is ok!

Since my teenager years, I lived with depression and anxiety, alone.  My family was always too busy caring for other members of my family and I always struggled to ask for help, so this becomes something normal in my life. I learned to deal with my strong emotions, my never-ending rollercoaster as I call it,  all on my own. Since finishing high school I have always worked and have been 100% responsible for my own life with no one else help. I'm proud of my self but at the same time sad about it. I always think that my life could have been a lot more different if I would have opened more to other people and ask for help when I was all alone in my darkroom fighting my mind.

In the past years, and mostly in COVID times, I non-stop read and listened to podcast that would help me switch certain thoughts in my mind. I slowly learned to re-wire my mind to be and feel better about myself and life around me. I, all alone, finally discovered a way to help myself live a better life. And all this time of self-teaching has become a passion to spread the message within my family and friends on how to take small steps to live a better and happier life. 
And now I know, I finally know what my vocation is and what I am passionate about and would like to do with my life. I have found my purpose and is to help others that struggle with their thoughts and emotions. Life is so complicated that we forget how beautiful it can actually be. I want to do that, I want to revive the spark of life in other people.

Since I have arrived at this point in my life I want to help others that are dealing with similar mental health issues,  so I came across this Bachelor degree called  "Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling". Is the cheapest I could find as it's not a University but a College. Sadly, as an international student, the tuition fees are even more expensive, $14,520 more expensive in this case. I feel helpless that because of money I won't be able to step to this new chapter in my life that I am seeing.  So that's why I thought about for the very first time in my life to actually ask for help, and here I am. 

As an international student, I can't access any government help and even the tuition fees are more expensive.
2021 International Student Tuition Fees
Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling
3 years full-time
24 units x $2,912
Total: $69,888

Here is all the info about the bachelor degree:

https://www.acap.edu.au/courses/counselling/bachelor-of-psychological-science-and-counselling/

Here you can find all the tuition fees information:

https://www.acap.edu.au/study-at-acap/fees-and-funding/


Intake and start date would be in May 2021. I would love to be able to start studying this bachelor. I have some saving to pay for the student visa plus 3 years of health insurance cover that I need to get in advance. But then I will have work restrictions as a student and will only be able to work 40hrs per fortnight (or 20hr per week). making everything even harder. These are all conditions and restrictions from the Australian government.

All info about Australia conditions on a student visa can be found in the following link from the government:
https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500

If you have read everything and felt identify with my story somehow and you are in a position in life more fortunate than I am right now, I would appreciate any donation to my cause.
Help fund my College tuition fees to study Psychological Science and Counselling. Anything would help, and hopefully, by the beginning of next month (February 2021), I can take the decision to study that!


Thanks in advance! 

Love,

Clarisa.

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