Here I was on the way to my first panic attack and about to send all my friends this song by Aloe Blacc, when a friend pointed me to the article... about my campaign!
Here's link to original version and English translation below. Article by Arnoldas Lukosius.
--- Lithuanian came up with the original way to finance her studies
What would you do if you were admitted to the dream program at NYU and all you needed now was this small detail: $40k to finance your studies and living expenses in NYC?
Many would probably give up but TEDx Ambassador Ruta Kruliauskaite is not of this kind. To get the amount she lacks, Ruta started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and promised her contributors simply this: education sharing revolution.
"Hi, my name is Ruta. I am originally from Lithuania and have been traveling the world to the most exciting events and places in the past 8 years." -- Ruta starts her Indiegogo intro.
You could think: why would such person need another education? In 2011 she gratuated from Business studies at Vilnius university, in the previous years organized bunch of most challenging projects and even was appointed to be TEDx ambassador for Eastern Europe.
You could go with a flow, write your blog and continue doing things you do and things that many people don't even dare to dream about. Or at least, wait to save enough money, so you don't have to beg on the Internet.
But such "Lithuanian farmer" position doesn't work for person who in the past few years organized talks and events of the world's brightest and smartest.
Especially, when she's asking not for donation or gift: in return to the contributions she will share all the knowledge she gets during her studies.
Worth noting: one year of ITP studies at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU expenses are almost $90k.
"Why not to turn the world’s best and most expensive education scheme into a global learning experience?" - Ruta writes.
Everyone who will contribute to Ruta's dream to study at this experimental program, which is one of it's kind in the world, will be invited to virtually take part in her studies.
Ruta is introducing interactive blog, where she will share her experience at NYU: discussions from classes, links to interesting articles, presentations and people. She also promises to go back to the class with the questions thta are important to the "smarter classmates".
Note: any material who is protected legally won't be shared; however, she will let to contribute to her final master program. In short: a lot of New York studies experiences for a small contribution.
Over the first 15 days after launching the campaign Ruta managed to collect more than $7k, which she will be able to keep even if the campaign doesn't reach it's goal. Most of the contributors are Lithuanians, so screw the talks that Lithuanians don't care about their neighbor.
By the way, even though Ruta seeks to leave for NYC mid August, you cannot blame her for running away from her country. On her campaign she included a small, maybe meaningless point, which should tell a lot for Lithuanians: "A greater call".
"One of my other passions, which I haven’t mentioned above and what underlays everything I do, is putting Lithuania on the global map and bringing most talented people to this outstanding country. Growing my network in NYC and studying at this amazing program of ITP would create long-lasting relationships and develop the knowledge to make this happen. Facilitating this idea back in Lithuania and building a domestic platform to foster these relationships is my grand plan for this endeavor."