So I know it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. Sorry about that! But really, with classes starting in two weeks, you probably should just get used to it.
It’s not that nothing’s been happening. It has. Just small-ish things that really don’t deserve their own post at this point. But I thought I’d check in all the same, and write a bit of a hodge-podge post to summarize those things:
First Generation Student Program / Student ID Problems
Something I forgot to mention in my last post about the orientation I attended was that I briefly met the gentleman who is in charge of Career and Transfer Services. In the very brief handful of minutes he was given to talk to our group, he mentioned that one of the things he administers is a program for First-Generation college students, to encourage and support them in successfully obtaining a 4-year college degree. What got my attention is that if you sign up for the program and continue to meet all of the requirements (which basically means keeping your GPA up and utilizing the Tutoring Centers), you actually get a cash stipend every other semester to apply towards books or whatever. And ya’ll know I’m all about dat free money, yo.
Neither of my parents have degrees, so later that weekend I emailed him to see if I would qualify, even at my advanced age. He said there’s no age limit on the program, and we arranged to meet at 4:30pm on last Wednesday to discuss it further and get me signed up.
Well, to make a long story short: He stood me up. His office door was wide open when I arrived, so I thought surely he’d be back soon. But I waited until 5:05pm before I gave up, choosing to head across campus to try and accomplish another errand so that it wasn’t a completely wasted afternoon…
Shortly after I got my Student ID Card a month or so ago, I noticed that there’s an extra digit just chillin’ in the middle of my student identification number. It’s very obviously a typo and an easy one to make, so I wasn’t too fussed over it. Just figured I’d get it fixed before the semester started at some point. So since Old Boy never showed, I decided I’d save the day myself by heading over to Student Records to get that corrected.
Yeah, no. Wrong. I arrived at the Student Records office only to be told that their printer was down, and to check back net week (I haven’t). So that was a bummer, and my trip to the campus really was a complete waste of time that day.
When I got home I emailed the guy and politely called him out for blowing me off. He was very apologetic, and we’ve been going back and forth regarding rescheduling, trying to nail down a day & time that works for both of us. Still nothing confirmed, though. I’ll let ya’ll know how it all works out!
I kinda let the whole decision about my major slide away for the time-being, figuring it wouldn’t kill me to actually complete a semester or three or core curriculum classes before really stressing about it.
Yeah. That didn’t last.
Aaaaaand so I’m right back in that place again. (Thanks, Anxiety!) Today my thoughts were along the lines of:
Fuck it! Why don’t I just major in something I’ll actually enjoy learning about, even if the career prospects for it are absolute garbage?! Like Anthropology! (Yes, I’m still stuck on the Anthropology thing… That shit looks absolutely fascinating to me, even if it is utterly useless!) Or Creative Writing! Or Psychology! Or whatever!
And in addition to that, why don’t I just minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and treat that as my fall back! (Because really, the more and more I look at the Major program requirements, the more I just want to curl up and sob like a little bitch.) But on the other hand, do employers really give any flavors of fucks about your minor, or just your major? Plus aren’t the two supposed to be somewhat related, or at least complimentary? Does any of this shit even matter at all?
So while we’re talking about the fucking awesome choices I’m not making regarding this extremely important investment in my future, let’s talk about the money I’m gonna spend on it! Or not spend, at least for now. I think. Things finally happened with my Financial Aid. Sorta. Confusing things that need clarification, so I’m not prepared to go into detail quite yet. But for now I’ll just say there’s money on the way, I just need to have a chat with my boy Fernando to clarify the amounts, disbursement intervals, etc. Hopefully I’ll have more details the next time. So at least that’s exciting stuff though, right?!