Help Justinas @ Columbia University

$7,074 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 168 people in 27 months
Justinas Grigaitis
on behalf of Simonas Zmuidzinas
 NEW YORK, NY
Lietuvišką versiją rasite čia.
More information - I Support A Dream Facebook page.

Hello everybody!

My name is Justinas Grigaitis and I’m a 21-year-old student from Kaunas, Lithuania. I have the great privilege to be attending Columbia University as of this fall. But now you wonder how one could make all the way through from a modest family in a small country to one of the world's most famous universities? If that’s the case, you might be interested in reading my story and becoming a part of it!

My story

Growing up in a still recovering post-communist society was - euphemistically speaking - not easy. Since a very young age, I observed the negative influence of the social problems - alcoholism, injustice and hopelessness - in my close environment. I dreamt about a better future for my country and promised myself to live life in a different way. As a teenager, I became involved in many extracurricular activities which helped me to escape the surrounding negativity. They developed my personal skills and values, too. But above all, I came to believe that life can be something different!

Educational path

At the age of 15, I was the second-to-last person to be admitted into the best high school in my city. Four years after, I graduated among the few students with an honorable mention for the academic results. Then, thanks to a scholarship, I left to study social sciences at the prestigious Sciences Po Paris University in France. Despite the difficulties of simultaneously studying in two foreign languages, I managed to complete the first year among the top 2% of all students. As if that was not enough, I decided to aim higher and today, I am two months and $15,000 away from becoming the first Lithuanian to start the Dual BA Program with Columbia University in the City of New York!
More information about the program.

Pursuing an academic dream

Columbia University gathers the brightest minds from all over the globe and I am very excited to join them so soon! Becoming a part of the same alumni community with personalities such as Founding Father Alexander Hamilton or President Barack Obama, is an inspiration for me to make an effort and improve the world not less than those people do. While at Columbia, I will mainly focus on Economics and Education since I am convinced that these two are indispensable means for creating sustainable change. Whereas economists lead the debates tackling global issues, educators play a main role in fostering future generations of empathetic thinkers.
Without any doubt, the academic quality and diverse environment make Columbia University the ideal place for my study project!
After completing this program, I will obtain a bachelor’s degree from two world’s top class universities. But more importantly: studying in two continents, meeting thousands of different people with unique ideas and living in very distinct circumstances will make me a more understanding individual, capable of serving the Lithuanian society and people once I return home.

Financial needs

I turn to the crowd today because that is the only way my academic project can become reality. As much as my mother, working alone and taking care of three studying children, inspires me to devote myself to others and strive further, it would take 20 years to cover the cost of studies only with her salary. As a non-US citizen, I am not even eligible for a student loan or a state, federal aid neither. Fortunately, I have already received several scholarships and successfully fundraised trough social networks. However, $15,000 out of $67,000 are still missing to begin my studies this September. Make sure to check my budget overview  regularly and follow the impact of every dollar you donate!

# ISupportADream


I was shaped by different people that brought their stories along - my family members, teachers and every person I’ve met throughout a 21 years lasting journey.
You see, every person has a story to tell. Every person has a dream. Every person is a dream. However, dreams the media present to us often have little to do with the real world. Therefore, by means of a series of interviews with people like you and me, I want to show the life, we are going through 24/7: the problems we face, the solutions we find and the choices we make.
The #ISupportADream platform is a place to exchange our experiences, a chance to share our dreams!

My engagement

So far numerous challenges taught me a lot and I am more than happy to share my experience with you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if:
·         You struggle with university, career choices, application procedures, internship hunting, job interview preparation, etc.
·         You would like to receive articles related to economics and education from the latest scientific sources and share our insights afterwards.
·         You would like to hear my story live – let’s meet for an (in)formal conversation or organize a community event together!
I am also open to any other collaboration or work proposals.

Your contribution

If you share these thoughts, please support my academic dream with a small contribution, a positive comment or suggestions.
I would be very grateful if you spread this story among your friends, too.
Let’s change the world together! I truly believe in you.

Thank you.
Justinas G.
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Lithuanian below

I am no less happy than on December 4, when I received the Columbia Admission Letter. Seeing my struggles and all of your effort to help, the university has rewarded me with an additional scholarship of $4,000!

I won't be ever able to say 'thank you' enough for such opportunity you entrusted me with. It's a great honor and also a huge responsibility to start the "academic performance" part next week. However, I am sure that your optimism and encouragement will help me to go through all the upcoming challenges, too.
Friends, I literally owe you my life. Thank you for being.

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Please check my updated budget www.tinyurl.com/JustinasBudget
and follow my dream on Facebook "I Support A Dream" page - http://bit.ly/2brjn0B

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Šiandien prasidėjo naujas gyvenimo etapas. Tai lyg déjà vu dienos, kurią buvau pakviestas studijuoti čia, Kolumbijos Universitete.
Matydamas mano problemas ir jūsų milžinišką pagalbą, universitetas ateinančių metų studijoms skyrė papildomą $4,000 stipendiją!

Ačiū, už kiekvieną mintį, ištartą žodį, paskatinančią žinutę, paaukotą sumą.
Jūs dovanojote man gyvenimo galimybę.
Ji vis dar nejauki.
Vis dar nepajėgiu suprasti "kas, kaip, kodėl, kodėl man, kodėl dabar, kodėl čia?". Vis dar nepajėgiu ir tikriausiai niekada nepajėgsiu.
Ir liks tik žinojimas, kad žmonės yra geri.
Ačiū, kad esate geri. Stengsiuos būti ir aš.

#ISupportADream #AšRemiuSvajonę

Additional scholarship of $4000 award!
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Here I am – The City of New York, The Library of Columbia University!

After a long and challenging summer, I have finally arrived to my new home. Does that mean that I have reached my dream? I’d rather say that the dream has just begun. 21 years ago. And nobody can ever predict when it ends. And it’s called life. Is it easy? Definitely not. But the gratitude for every single moment I can spend in this world makes me happy every morning I open my eyes.

Gratitude that I can study at good universities, see extraordinary places, meet interesting people? Definitely not. The gratitude for being naïve enough to think that each of us can make others happy. That we can make somebody’s day at least a tiny bit better. That we can then dream about big changes and work hard to make them real. And that’s our privilege, right and duty at the same time. And that’s exactly what I am grateful for.

However, there are no words to describe how I feel about your help to me. I know that I don’t deserve any of it, but I am deeply convinced that this dream is worth it. Thanks to you all, the biggest Lithuanian news site has recently published interview about me. It has remarkably boosted my campaign which is now on the very top of the GoFundMe education section and starts receiving donations from unknown people from all over the world!
(The interview in Lithuanian - http://bit.ly/2bjDlKL and the short video reportage on TV - http://bit.ly/2bftOSR)

So far the page has been visited 13,500, the video watched nearly 4000 times and you have donated over $11,000 in total which brings me very close to my final goal.

Your generosity is a lesson for life and a great responsibility for me to be helpful to every person I meet!
Thank you for making my dream come true.

#ISupportADream
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Two weeks have gone by so fast!

I want to personally thank you all for your support. Your enthusiasm has helped me to make it through the most challenging time of my life!

Here are the results - $2,190 on GoFundMe + $2,400 in the bank account bring us to 30% of my final goal. Additionally, I have received a supplementary aid of $4,800 from Sciences Po. Please, check the updated budget here – www.tinyurl.com/JustinasBudget.

As one of my friends perfectly put it in words – it’s worth giving up a cup of coffee to make a big dream come true. That’s exactly how I see crowdfunding and a society based on mutual help.

Trust me, your actual support is much much bigger than those numbers. Only with your presence, I believe that my dreams are worth living and striving for!
Unfortunately, I am running out of personal contacts, thus, I really need your advice on how to spread my story further and successfully reach the goal until September.

#ISupportADream
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Simonas Zmuidzinas
26 months ago
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How true - every dollar (even the cost of a cup of coffee) can help someone achieve one's dreams. Paying it forward... The circle of good will come back to bounce on you in unexpected ways. Good luck, Justinas!

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Clara Wo
25 months ago

This is the best thing, with this many children who will participate in this, and all the children will be aware of the importance of reading and the importance of health,judi poker a very interesting story to us impregnated together and I think this is very interesting. thank willing to share with us a very inspiring story this

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Raised by 168 people in 27 months
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$100
Aidas Jarasunas
13 months ago

Aciu, kad buvai puikus vadovas. Sekmes universitete. Aidas

$5
Anonymous
19 months ago
SM
$10
Simona Minns
21 months ago

Sėkmės Justinai! Prisidedu pagal galimybes, bet labai palaikau ir linkiu sėkmės!

PP
$20
Paulius Pupelis
24 months ago

Good luck ;)

Simonas Zmuidzinas
26 months ago
4
4

How true - every dollar (even the cost of a cup of coffee) can help someone achieve one's dreams. Paying it forward... The circle of good will come back to bounce on you in unexpected ways. Good luck, Justinas!

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Clara Wo
25 months ago

This is the best thing, with this many children who will participate in this, and all the children will be aware of the importance of reading and the importance of health,judi poker a very interesting story to us impregnated together and I think this is very interesting. thank willing to share with us a very inspiring story this

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