When I was in high school I heard a lyric by Jim Morrison: "Did you have a good world when you died? -enough to base a movie on?"
That resonated with me so profoundly that as I embarked in the world after high school I immediately sought ways to fulfill my dream, always viewing myself as the hero in the journey/movie of my life.
Since then I have supported others on a similar path; those who strive for greatness, be it organizations or individuals.
I recently received this message from one of my best friends from San Diego who in recent years has beat the odds and created a remarkable life for herself in New York.
"I really do wish that you could come to NYC right now so that I could show you the life that I have at the moment. You know Jason, prior to [attending] Columbia, I had given up living and had settled on just surviving. I believed that as a trans-woman that I just didn't have any hope in living a normal life with normal dreams. That has all changed, in the last five months alone, I have lost 50 lbs, received my operation, earned my BA, been head-hunted by a hedge fund, been pursued by [major financial firms], received a full time job at Columbia, been made a leader at the Alumni Association and given constant accolades by my peers and colleagues. I have gone from surviving, to dreaming, to living my dreams. None of this would have happened without scholarships from the School of General Studies scholarship endowment."
Please consider gifts to the scholarship on #ColumbiaGivingDay, Oct 21st to help ambitious students receive opportunities they may not otherwise afford.
And thank you for helping to make a good world.