- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
I guess I just need to gripe. I live in Texas, have lived here almost all my life (and the other time were early years I don’t remember anyway). As long as I can remember I’ve been unhappy with where I live. Yeah, I’ve had friends and jobs and all that but I’ve always felt a strong desire to get the hell OUT of this state.
FI feels the same way, she is originally from Iowa, moved here when she was 16 and wants out of here too.
We are both full time college students plus we own a house here. So we have definite plans to move after we graduate, but it seems SO FAR OFF.
Sometimes I fantasize about just moving NOW and finishing school elsewhere. It is so tempting. I was just checking last night and tuition, even for a non-resident, at the University of Iowa (one place we are likey to move to) is the same as what I will be paying at the private university I will be attending here in another year, once I transfer and graduate from the community college. I plan to be a Speech-Language Pathologist and that is the only school that offers the degree I need here so I am facing tuition of $20,000 a year here, and non-resident tuition at the University of Iowa (same degree) would be about the same, then drop to less than half once I established residency.
I have another five classes (after the semester I am currently in) before I can graduate/transfer. So basically a year because I have to take them consecutively (a remedial math in summer, then another, then college algebra, Anatomy & Physiology 1 then 2). FI is a little behind me credit-wise. She’s going to be a teacher and is getting her Associate of Arts in Teaching which rolls you right in to education major programs here when you transfer to a 4 year school, from what I’ve read, and the AA in teaching would let her work as an aid or some such after getting her 2 year degree, so she could work in a school while finishing her BA and getting certified and theoretically earn more than she was making when she worked at Pizza Hut. 😉
It’s just something I am thinking about more and more; I feel like I can’t STAND to be here long enough to finish school, but the thing is, here in Texas I can expect to work as a SLPA (Assistant) with just a 4 year degree, and I believe in Iowa I would have to have my aster’s, they don’t hire SLPAs there, I don’t think. So part of the reason to stay here would be to work some after at a good salary and pay off student loans before incurring even more debt in grad school.
Anyway it’s frustrating. I keep telling myself to be patient and stick it out but then I think hell, I am not getting any younger and I have already spent most of my 39 years in a place I can’t stand… that we should just figure it out and MOVE and finish school elsewhere.
But OTOH, we have the house to consider and I don’t want to be a long distance landlord so we’d most likely sell it, and it needs a lot done to be ready for that. Mostly TIME intensive vs. money (cosmetic hideousness from previous owners).
And also there’s my son; he is 13 and in the 8th grade. He was bumped up a grade plus he will probably be in his school’s early graduation program so he could be graduating a year early, and partly I think I should hold out for that since he has friends and is comfy in his school. When we talk about it, though HE is all for the idea of moving and wants to go NOW. LOL. But he’s lived here all his life, and has never had to deal with a new school full of strange kids and all that so I think he has rose-colored glasses about it all. Our DD is 8 and she’d be fine, but if we wait until we are finished with school and stay to work a bit then she’ll be closer to teen years and it might be harder on her.
Just a little frutrated adn wanted to get that out. Most of my family and friends can’t imagine why I’d want to leave Texas and therefore just don’t get it at ALL and actually think I’m crazy for wanting to move “up North”. I was raised a “Southern girl” through and through, but I have gotten past that to a degree, while I understand my roots…I still want to go far far away. 🙂