With Burger King in hand and a translucent poncho thrown over myself like a kitchen garbage bag, I walked into the bank. It wouldn’t have been the first time I was mistaken for a homeless person.
Immediately, the person I came to see, the banker for Reclaim International, stood up to greet me. “There’s no way he’d remember me after meeting me once over a month ago; he’s probably just directing traffic,” I thought. We sat down at his desk and I told him about some account information I needed, and within seconds he was on his computer pulling up the information.
“You don’t mind if I eat my ice cream, do you?,” I asked him. “Not at all, Sherol,” he replies. “I’m surprised you’d recognize me all wrapped up in this rain poncho,” I note. “Well, you’ve got to stay dry, don’t you?”
Without much effort, I got all the information I needed for Kickstarter, and made sure to let him know that Burger King uses actual strawberries in their strawberry sundae.
What are we going to do with our bank account? Well, I’m sure there are lots of things, but for now, we need it for our Kickstarter video. Kickstarter is a “funding platform for creative projects.” It’s also a great stage to share our story, like a metaphorical media megaphone.
On Monday, December 3rd, we are filming on the 4 campuses with MasterWerks to talk about the movie we’ll be making over the Summer. Currently, we’re getting 2-3 students per campus from Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF, and UCSC. Our script is almost finished.
I have to admit, I’m a little anxious about it, because, I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m lucky for have so many friends to support each other in this endeavor. Even this Kickstarter video will make a statement, seeing med students, engineers, economists, and physicists becoming doctors and trying to understand the extent of how we can use our lives. Just imagine how different our campuses are from one another, and just think how this will compare to the campuses in Africa. Stay tuned!
Here are some Kickstarter projects we’ve been looking at…
Apathy documentary $116,164
Emerging adult magazine $45,452
Leap year book $26,836
Uganda high school $40,240
Athiesm book $103,538
Kenya trip $2,325
Don’t go back to school $38,928
Thailand nonprofit $1,723