Help Anders Graduate

A project by: Anders Møller

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WE RAISED £4,135

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This project received pledges on Thu 05 Nov 2015
Help me graduate from Oxford with an MPhil in Development Studies. I'm really close!

So, what am I doing?

- My name is Anders K. Møller, and I am doing a two-year MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. 

- I am roughly £4,000 short from meeting the £17,700 cost of completing the second year of my master's degree.

- I have already raised over three-quarters of the money through two grants, savings, and a personal loan (my bank in Denmark rejected my loan application).

- If I don't reach my target, I will be suspended from the university. 

- Therefore, I am trying to crowdfund the last bit needed to pay my tuition, which will allow me to finish my degree (and my 30,000-word thesis) this year! :)

Who am I?

I grew up in Denmark and Rwanda, and did my bachelor degree in Economics and Philosophy at The College of Wooster in Ohio. Amazingly, I was accepted to study for an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford, and I was able to finance my first year of tuition through grants, family help and three summer jobs. It was fantastic to be able to pay the first year in full since I have already accumulated about £16,000 in debt for my undergraduate degree, but unfortunately this year I am still unable to pay the full cost of tuition. This is partly due to the fact that I was doing fieldwork for my master's thesis during the summer which - besides costing money - made me unable to save up money from work. I was initially quite hesitant about crowdfunding for a variety of reasons, but after I was rejected for a commercial bank loan in Denmark (and I don't qualify for one in the UK) I don't have a whole lot of other options as I am already relying on personal loans from friends for almost half of what I've raised. 

Why 'development studies'?

The MPhil in Development Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development is a holistic, interdisciplinary master's programme, and possibly the best of its kind. I have long been passionate about problems related to international development, and this programme has already expanded my intellectual horizons more than I could ever imagine. In addition to taking foundation courses in development theory, research methods, social anthropology and history/politics, I spent the summer in the Kingdom of Bhutan doing fieldwork for my master's thesis, which is about Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Bhutan and whether it has any linkages to sustainable development. I have developed as a person and a researcher, and I hope that my thesis can become a valuable addition to the academic literature out there. Moreover, I hope that my thesis will become a stepping stone to doing a Ph.D. in international development and eventually work in academia.

In addition to investing in someone who hopes to commit their life work to advancing research and interventions in development, I am making a "paying it forward pledge" (please see below) whereby all the money will (eventually) go onwards to fund someone else's educational needs.

Where will the money go?

Costs:

  • Tuition fees: £15,805
  • College fees: £2,848 (minus a £950 college bursary)
  • I have a warden job which gives me free housing
  • ... and I keep myself alive by working a second part-time job.

        = £17,703

Current funds:

  • £5,800 from two bursaries
  • £1,600 in personal savings
  • £6,400 from a personal loan

        = £13,800

=> Short-fall of £3,900 + up to 3.5% transfer fees (total: £4,037).

- Since I maintain my room and board through two part-time jobs, all money raised goes directly towards paying tuition.

- If I raise extra funds, it will go towards paying back my personal loan so I will have a little less debt when I graduate.

- During my campaign, I will send out daily updates on my progress. If I meet my target, I will send out monthly updates (during term time) on how I am progressing with my course work and my master's thesis.

Paying it forward

In addition to the awesome rewards listed on the right, I want to pay the good karma forward. Therefore, for every single £ received, I pledge to donate an equal amount to another person(s) education fundraiser once I am on a secure financial footing! This may take 5-10 years since I have to pay off quite a lot of debt, but I sincerely believe in extending the same help that I receive to someone else.

Lastly...

- If you have any question, you can contact me via. Email on akm1990@gmail.com, message me on Twitter or follow #MPhil2016 which I will use to post regular updates.

- If you find this a worthy cause, please share it with friends, family, or random strangers :)

 

1 year, 8 months ago

WE DID IT!!!

Thank you SO, SO very much to each and everyone who helped with this campaign! Whether you donated 1, 10 or 500 pounds, or just shared the project page with your friends, I am truly grateful for your help and the vote of confidence in me that it represents.

The success of this campaign means that I can graduate with my degree this year - I cannot explain to you how big of a relief this is!

Rewards: I will be submitting my thesis in late spring next year, which means that acknowledgements and copies of my thesis will go out in about 6 months. However, I'll start rolling out the "social shout-outs" throughout the rest of this month and in December - when my winter break starts - I'll send out thank-you cards :)

I will continue to post intermittent updates a couple of times a term so everyone knows how my programme is progressing. 

Starting this crowdfunding campaign was a difficult decision and a lot of hard work, but it has been a very inspirational experience for me. I have received countless messages of encouragement, and have been really moved at how many people were prepared to help me to their fullest extent. At times like this, ones natural pessimism really takes a dive in the face of such kindhearted selflessness. Above all, I have been amazed at seeing to what extent my friends are willing to go when I really need it, and that is something I will never forget.

Yours,

-Anders 


1 year, 8 months ago

Dear supporters,

Thanks to your phenomenal response and generosity, my campaign has already reached £3,000 which is 3/4 of the minimum goal that I need to graduate! I can't believe how much support and positive encouragement I have received in the past few days, which - above all - has been a really humbling experience.

Although my campaign has slowed down in the past couple of days, this is to be expected. I am confident that it will pick up again towards the end as the 5th of November nears, because the deadline (and minimum threshold) will add urgency and allow me to reach out to a wider audience.

If you have not done so already, please consider contacting a couple of your close connections and ask them to share my page and/or pitch in a few pounds. It is important to keep the momentum going so it inspires others to help out, and any and everything helps. The end is in sight, but fundraising the next £1000 won't be nearly as easy.

Thank you all once again, I hope you will all have a great week ahead!

P.S.: Don't forget my minimum is £4000 and £6000 is merely the ideal goal to help me reduce short-term loans. Also, if you have time to share the campaign please emphasize my pledge to pay it forward :) 

1 year, 9 months ago

Hi everyone,

In less than 24 hours, I have already raised 890 which is absolutely amazing! Please help the momentum going by spreading the word with close friends and family.

Also, the £6,000 target is an 'ideal' whereas in practice all I am aiming for is £4,000, which means I am already more than 20% of the way :)

Thank you so much for your continued support! Don't forget to check out the Twitter feed #Mphil2016 

Anders Møller

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Congrats Anders! Looks like you made it.

Best of luck, Anders!

You got this brother! You're a clutch performer..i.e. catching that train to Kolkata like a boss when we were running super late! Yangday and I send our love and we hope it all works out! :)

Good Luck Anders.

Good luck Anders!

Let me know if you are still in need 10 days from now! Praying for you!

Best of luck!

Do good, Anders.

Hi Anders, great campaign! Best of luck.

Best of luck, Anders