She also mobilized an army of friends to "flood their social media accounts" with links to her campaign.
Beyond just getting the word out, a strong support group can help lift crowd-funding students up when they get discouraged – and they will, she says.
"You might not get the support that you anticipate. You might not get the support that you want," says Boyd, who admits she has received negative responses to her GoFundMe campaign. "Know that the campaign is not for everyone."
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