This school year has been full of new experiences. As I get into my upper years, expectations are higher and the work load has increased substantially. Sometimes I feel as though all I do is write essays…like the three months has been one long research paper. I’m also experiencing what I like to call the third year hump. The honeymoon is over, I can’t remember a time in your life when life didn’t revolve around readings and papers and exam schedules. Yet, I can also see the light at the end of the tunnel…only one more year of course work and in my particular program one more year after that of professional placements.
All of this is new and exciting, and frustrating, and confusing, but the biggest difference between this school year and the two before is that this was the first year that I didn’t receive any outside funding for my education.
This has introduced a completely new kind of stress into my life. Now I’m super stressed out about school and money. I’ve always been given enough funding to pay my tuition, but this year as the November 15th, “pay the rest of your tuition or we’ll start charging you more interest than a Canadian Tire Options Mastercard” due date drew near, and with 30% of my tuition still owing, I was forced to take action.
I walked straight into my registrar and declared in a proud voice that I was really broke and needed money. The process was a lot less painful than I had envisioned.
I filled out the form, did the little budget calculations, and I was done. The response to my application from the financial aid office at my college was “wow”, which I interpreted, as “you are really broke”.
I’m still waiting for my approval for funding, but I am hopeful that I will receive some aid.
I have been so stressed out about money, that it has really been affecting the quality of my school work, but ever since I visited my college and pleaded for funding I have felt like a
weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don’t think I even realized how much stress is was causing me until, the stress dissipated.
I have been so productive in the last few days and I’m feeling hopeful that my financial situation will soon improve.
If you’re stressed about being broke, and the November 15th deadline (which has already passed) you should visit your college’s registrar. Even if you can’t get direct funding from them they can point you towards scholarships that you might qualify for. The awards homepage for the University has a whole list of awards and applications. Just know that many of the deadlines for applications are November 30th, 2012.
Good luck with your search for money…it’s out there, you just have to find it. If all else fails I’m asking Santa for some dough! (cue Santa Baby)