There’s something I haven’t been telling you.

There’s something I haven’t been telling you in these posts. A few weeks ago, my dad got laid off from his employer of 30+ years.

Since I graduated in May, I’ve been dependent on my parents for housing, food, and money while I experimented with alternative sources of income. While I was still financially unstable, my dad’s losing his job was always financially the worst-case scenario in my mind. There are a lot of people dependent on my dad, and he worked 7 days a week to support us. I’m proud of him for his work ethic and for how well he’s taken the lay-off, immediately working with me to apply to new jobs online. At 56, he’s as ready and willing to work to support us as he was thirty years ago.

Last week, I was accepted into Code Academy, the academy for learning Ruby on Rails and web development. I see it as an incredible opportunity to learn with and meet people in Chicago’s blossoming startup community. It’s my dream. It’s what I should have done instead of amassing debt in college. More than just a dream, though, it’s a practical career choice – RoR developers are in high demand. But is it worth $6,000 right now, when it could go to the mortgage instead?

I asked them over and over and this was their answer: “Don’t worry about it. Go to Code Academy.” They can lend me the first $3,000, for sure. The second $3,000 is unsure – with employers still getting back to my dad, we don’t know what our situation is going to be like.

I have been unfairly blessed with parents who have been more generous and understanding than I can ever repay. Someone asked me what emotion I would ideally react to this with, and my response is: Determination. I need to come up with at least $3,000 in a month, but preferably more for my parents’ sakes.

Your help would mean a lot to me. I would appreciate any effort: