Monday, May 15, 2006

College? Life? What?

I've been thinking a lot about school in the fall. To be honest, I'm rather nervous. Financially, I'm still unsure how I will get through college. And I've been out of school so long I'm nervous about whether I'll be able to keep up with an Ivy-League workload.

Mostly, though, I'm just worried about how I'll finance this. I'm sure if I manage to get there, I'll find a way to make it work. I usually do.


Anonymous lynn said...

Hey Maya, I've read your blog for a while now, but this will be my first time replying. Hope you don't bite. Anywho, I'm a Junior at Wellesley right now, which is financially similar to Brown. I know that your circumstances (what with the Point Foundation and everything) are particularly convoluted, but I just wanted to assure you that you will find many people on campus who are in financial straits. It's one of the best-kept secrets of top tier schools. Many, many people are on financial aid and do work/study. I currently hold down about five jobs (about 23 hours a week or so) and am able to live comfortably, and Wellesley is not a cheap town. Now, I don't tuition (most of it is covered), but I have been able to cover my books, living expenses, and housing over our winter term. I don't know how you feel about finding work on or off campus, but once you start a job you'll find that other opportunities to work will often fall into your lap. Try to get "in" with a department. Professors need student assistants and administrative people, etc. You can also minimize other costs by keeping in touch with your school's equivalent of an Aid Society. I'm willing to bet that Brown has one of these. Anywho, they can sometimes hook you up with clothes, toiletries, textbooks, dorm essentials, and other stuff on an as-needed basis for free.

I have complete faith that you'll fall back into the school frame of mind and kick some serious scholarly ass. If you ever need someone to edit papers for you or to bounce ideas off of, I'm an English major and a Psych minor. I tutor for the English Dept., and do lots of creative writing. Best to you, Maya!


7:05 PM  
Blogger Chole said...

I know how you feel. I go to school in Philadelphia, and support myself there. The summer is a huge scramble to get enough money so I don't need to work more than one job during the school year, but I'll tell you... the other day I saw a young man playing the violin on the street. All he had with him was a sign that said 'Everything's gonna be okay!' I went home and made some curry that I was going to share with him, but he was gone when I got back.

I guess it was more touching if you were there, but still. It all works out in the end.

4:19 PM  

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