(Closed) Panic at midnight..

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
2889 posts
Sugar bee

That sucks! But now that you vented, don’t give up, think about alternative options. Is your tuition still covered via unemployment? I know it varies from state to state but in my state, there is a tuituion waiver program if you earn below a certain amount of income and it takes into account dependants which may include your Mother-In-Law if you calim her on your taxes.

On the other side, what about getting an on campus job? It sounds like you are an undergrad but there are still positions. I know they don’t often pay much but they offer the flexibility of student hours and are often positions near to your field or at least near to your classes. I would first start by looking at the College of Nursing for openings even if it is office work, it would help you meet relevant professors. Then I would expand. At my university the dining hall was always hiring and many labs took on undergrad research assistants. If you really want to do the full time student thing and don’t mind moving, think about being an RA. It may not work in your situation and the timing may be off but some big plusses are the reduced cost of commuting and the fact that you would have a place to yourself (even if it is a dorm room) where Fiance could visit. It depends on how your university pays such a position though if it makes sense.

There’s also the living off student loan option but I don’t think this is a good idea. I did it for one year and my $8,500 loan resulted in a repayment of $13,500 only 3 years later. But it is an option if you need to take it on to finish, just don’t accept more $ than you need even if it is being offered.

The point is, don’t give up on school, it sounds like you have a good career path ahead of you and there are ways to make it work! Good luck, you can do this!

Post # 5
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I totally sympathise. Unfortunately though, as I am not from the US then I can’t give you much advice, because I don’t know how things work there! All I can say is hang in there… I’ve spent my whole adult life at uni, practically, and worked as well. It is tough, but just keep your eyes on the prize!

Post # 6
3107 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Fri & sat are prime waitressing days!

Post # 7
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

There are lots of places that are looking for Fri and Sat help (which is never what I wanted) because those are usually the days the full time people have off. I think you could find a job if you wanted, doing that. Also, could you look into higher paying shorter jobs like tutoring, music lessons, etc? Do you have a hidden talent?

Post # 8
2699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ok.. to make money could you offer tutoring?….that usually pays quite well. Could you sell a few things on ebay to help a little bit?

When you apply for your nursing course, could you also speak to someone about tuition / grants…? There must be ways in which people in your position can still go ahead with the training. Even part time?


Post # 9
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Your situation is rough but honestly not THAT bad. Look on the bright side- your tuition is covered. You are so lucky to have that opportunity, many people don’t. I live in NY so I totally understand living in an expensive area. When I was in graduate school studying speech pathology finding time to work was really tough, we were also told not to work more than part time during the program. We had classes Mon-Thurs 5-9 and internships Mon-Thurs 8-4 and school work on top of that of course. I was able to find work, I babysat during the day on Fridays and worked as a waitress Friday night and a double shift Saturday and Sunday. It was tough but you do whatever you have to do! I have been out of grad school for a couple years now and the sacrifices I made then were so worth it! Good luck!

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