For many being given short space of time to provide a lump sum of money to one of the world’s leading universities would be a daunting experience, however this was not the case for 23 year old Rachael Owhin.
By Beatrice Fatusin
The Law graduate from Sussex University was offered a place at Oxford University to study an MSc in Migration Studies. After not receiving a scholarship she had hoped for, even with her savings, a bank loan and money from her family she was still left £10,000 short of the funds. Ms Owhin took to a website called Hubbub to set up her funding project and also to social media to start the movement #Oxford10000 to help her achieve her dream as she described it as
“an opportunity I cannot let pass me by”.
Rachael was given a mere 10 days from 21st August (this year) to raise the funds for her college and tuition fees and if she did not her place would be forfeited. Despite what may have seemed like an impossible task, Owhin still remained hopeful and this act of faith paid off as hundreds of people flocked to Twitter to #Oxford10000, spread the word and support the movement. There is nothing more encouraging than seeing people unite and assist someone that they do not even know and help them to reach their goals.
The most amazing aspect of this story was that Rachael had surpassed her target by the eight day and by the final (10th) day she had received £10, 915! I love to see young people breaking barriers in society and this story left me in absolute awe. The story itself is one that is truly inspirational and shows that hard work and determination will pay off. Irrespective of your colour, your background or status, do not let that prevent you from achieving your goals.
A little bit of faith goes a very long way. With a very bright future ahead, we would like to wish Rachael Owhin all the best of luck! Follow Rachel’s Story on twitter here.