What Have I Been Up to?

I hope everyone else is doing great and keeping up with their goals!

I started college this week and here’s a few things I’ve learned:

  • Be at least 30 minutes early to class if you don’t have a very early morning class.  Otherwise, you will have to walk a long ways to get to the school because parking is limited.
  • Ending up sitting in the wrong class on the first day isn’t THAT embarrassing.  Just get up and walk out. Trust me, there will be other kids walking into your classes not knowing where they are either.
  • Notice the closest doors to your classrooms ASAP.  You’ll be thankful when the cold weather hits, or you’re running late.
  • Be at least 10-15 minutes early to class.  No you won’t be the only one there!  
  • COFFEE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND – especially if you have morning classes
  • Cafeteria food looks great, and it’s so exciting to eat “college food” but it’s too expensive!  Bring your own!  Seriously, I didn’t bring food my first day and I had 2 hours between classes that I spent in the cafeteria studying and I was starving!
  • Don’t expect to leave campus for lunch, you won’t get your spot back.  Stay put!
  • Just talk to people!  It’s not that bad.
  • Make sure you get ahead.  You’ll be thankful for it later.
  • Order your books early.  You don’t want to be without your books, or late to classes because you had to wait in that god awful line on the first day.

Okay, it was more than a few!  But hey, that’s how I roll 😉

So far college is going good!  The only part that’s killing me is the reading… SO MUCH READING.  I’m not used to it because we never read our textbooks in high school.  Seriously, I’m not even sure why they bothered buying them.  

Great to be blogging again,



Student Loans & FAFSA – Complete Crap

I have applied and registered for classes at a community college recently.  I will be transferring to the University after completing my generals at the community college.

But, ya want to know what’s extremely stupid?

I am not eligible for using financial aid since I’m using the transfer curriculum.  

Now I’m not any financial aid whiz, nor claim to be one.  I’m sure maybe there’s some sort of valid reason for this out there but quite frankly it’s ridiculous.

Yes, community college is cheaper but still not AFFORDABLE by any means.  I’m going only part time and my cost for one semester is almost $2,000 + books costing around $300.  

I am a single mother, working a $7.25/hr job for 25Hrs or less a week (which will be less when I start school mind you).  I only just GOT this job 2 weeks ago.

Now mr.school, or mrs., how do YOU expect me to pay for my schooling when YOU won’t take any financial aid?  Student loans?  Oh I thought you’d say that.  But that means taking out about $20,000 (roughly) in loans.  

I don’t mind taking out loans if my financial aid doesn’t cover my schooling.  Not at all.  But when you’re in a sense ‘punishing’ me for not getting a degree at your school, and prohibiting me from using financial aid.  Yes, I have a problem.  Not to mention I can’t even APPLY for a student loan until I’m 18 which is just a MONTH before school starts and even less for when the tuition is DUE for god sakes.  

WHY, can I ask you, is college so DAMN EXPENSIVE?  It’s complete crap.  Complete and total crap.  I better be getting my estimated pay for my job that I’m seeking with my degree.  Otherwise I will be drowning and living at home when I’m 40.  And let’s be honest, who wants that?  No one.  I’d like to be a productive member of society Ms.United States.  I know you want me to be too.  So why are you making it so difficult for me to do that?  I REFUSE to be another teenage parent statistic never getting out of poverty.  But you Ms.United States education system are really screwing me over in that department.  

Now I really understand why other countries express how messed up our education system is.  

That’s all.  Thank you.

One irritated, about to be even more piss poor, and drowning in debt U.S. Citizen,