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A travel fund forDanielle Krivinchuk Kiminski

$2,913 given of $2,000 goal

Grad School in Scotland!

Started by: Danielle Kiminski

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Back in March, I traveled to Scotland and had an amazing trip, with a wonderful friend. When I was in Glasgow, I auditioned for the Masters program in Classical and Contemporary Text at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I did not go with the expectation that I would get in, I went to face a fear. A week later my plan landed back in Minnesota and I had an email waiting saying "Congratulations!"

 

Since that time, I have been a jumble of emotions ranging from "OMG-can't-believe this-is-happening-so-excited-I-can't-feel-my-face" to "so-anxious-this-is-all-going-to-fall-apart-I'm-frozen". I have been applying for grants and scholarships, working odd jobs for people, and I even picked up a few part-time jobs all going toward the get my ass to Scotland for Grad school fund. And I am slowly working my way toward my goal. I have even received a scholarship from the school, which helps greatly, but not enough to make this a for sure thing.

 

As a way to help cover some costs, I have decided to host a fundraiser at the Phoenix Theatre, on Aug 20th. The Fundraiser will involve performance elements, some fun things in the lobby, food, and lots of hugs. I've also had people ask how to donate if they are unable to come to the Fundraiser, and after doing some research and asking for advice, I came across Plumfund, and thought it was the perfect fit. Not only can people donate online, but there is also a way for cash and check's to be counted toward my goal, which means I can use it at the Phoenix Fundraiser as well!

 

You might be wondering about why I have a goal of $2,000. Part of my struggle in financing this wonderful opportunity is that I was not aware of some of the additional costs until after I was accepted into the program. The $2,000 raised here will go toward the travel costs associated with the program. As part of our year, we spend a month in London at the Globe theatre, and we also have a showcase in New York in the spring time. Also, depending on prices and conversion rates, it might help me be able to come home for Christmas.

 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am extremely grateful to have gone after. What these donations really help do, is lower the cost of loans I will have to take out to make this dream happen. Which means when I get home, I get to still be an actor, a theatre artist, and will have the ability to pursue other dreams. I plan to give back to my community, by creating art that challenges, uplifts, and gives voices to those who may not know they have one.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my story,

 

Danielle

Latest Update

Hello All! It's been a busy 4 weeks in Glasgow! The First week I arrived, Amy and I spent most of our time flat hunting, which was exhausting and frustrating at times, but did end successfully with us finding a cute, and affordable flat south of the Clyde River. It is near BBC Scotland, The Ibrox Football Stadium, and the Science Museum. We moved in on the 4th! My second week was Matriculation week where I learned about all the different aspects of the school, and all the different things I needed to be aware of : information overload. I also spent a ton of time with my cohort, and the week ended with a beautiful monologue sharing session. The last 2 weeks have been filled with movement, voice, and introductory courses on Critical Artistry, On the Verge, and others! I'm exhausted, in the best possible way. More soon, Love and Hugs Dani

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October 14 at 8:13am

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Danielle Kiminski — 1 week ago

Update from Glasgow!

With the help of all of you and the Send Me away Fundraiser last week, I am over my goal! I cannot thank everyone enough who has contributed, donated their time, energy and kindness to helping me achieve this dream! The amount raised will support the travel anticipated for the program,as well as some of additional materials needed for the program, and the cost of my visa and health insurance! Thank you all so much, I will be sending more updates and hope to have a blog to share my adventures with you all throughout the year!

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August 28 at 8:19am

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Danielle Kiminski — 8 weeks ago

I am truly overwhelmed by all the love and support! My community is amazing! If you have some extra lying around, and want to help out, here are some other people and causes who could use some love: https://www.gofundme.com/memorial-bench-for-howie https://www.plumfund.com/travel-fund/get-to-grad-school https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/27/16211642/hurricane-harvey-donations-charities-disaster-relief

Me after realizing I'm over halfway to my goal! Thank you Greg, uncle John and Jessie, Jamie and Elena!

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August 18 at 3:56pm

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Danielle Kiminski — 9 weeks ago

AHHHHHH!

OMG! We are almost a quarter of the way there! 465! Thank you so much everyone! All of this support is humbling, and I would not be able to make this happen without your help! Thank you!

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August 3 at 5:37pm

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Danielle Kiminski — 9 weeks ago

Holy Cats! $650! Thank you Chad, Amy, Lori, Joel and Kelli! Also: Visa Application Accepted, and Plane Ticket Purchased! I Leave on the 18th of September!

Danielle Kiminski — 11 weeks ago

Visa application is officially in the mail as of yesterday!

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  • Nicole Ubbelohde7 weeks ago Just a wee donation for you to have a pint or two on me when you arrive in Glasgow. :) My vote would be for The Butterfly and the Pig, but there's plenty of great options! Good luck, have FUN, and tell Scotland hello for me! Sláinte!
  • Danielle Kiminski8 weeks ago I am way behind on this! Thank you Elena, Callie, Richard, Rachel, Delta, Mira, Kim!
  • Kim Greene8 weeks ago Best wishes.
  • DELTA R. GIORDANO8 weeks ago Congratulations on grad school -- I will live vicariously through you!
  • Mira K Kehoe9 weeks ago Wishing you a great adventure in Scotland!
  • Richard M Jackson9 weeks ago Bon voyage. Have a cracking good time!
  • Rachel Postle9 weeks ago Dani! I'm so proud of you taking this big leap and starting grad school. All the best to you love. You're going to do big things!!
  • A bunch of lovely poeple9 weeks ago
  • Callie Meiners9 weeks ago Good luck lady!! I'm really going to miss you!! Kick ass in Scotland!
  • Elena Giannetti9 weeks ago I'm so proud of you! It will be amazing, and hard work, and fulfilling...and I can't wait to see you SOAR! Spread your wings and take flight on a whole new adventure!!!
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