(Closed) School has been put off for me for the time being… advice??

posted 4 years ago in College
Post # 2
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Hunt the dean down in person. And get a job until this gets figured out. Real work experience is just as valuable as an education 

Post # 3
2180 posts
Buzzing bee

hannahjoyce1997:  Do you still have that $0.00 bill, or anything in writing from the dean explaining that you will have your first semester free? It seems really odd that he claimed there’s just piles of money floating around that can be applied to tuition on short notice with no formal process. 

Post # 4
935 posts
Busy bee

You are not a failure.  I know this for several reasons.  For one, you tried to fix the situation, and you are continuing to look for solutions- failures do not do this!  Secondly, not attending school does not make you a failure.  In fact, this may be a blessing in disguise.  I have several friends who wish they did not go to college immediately after high school.  Out of pressure and ignorance, they poorly selected majors.  You will have the opportunity now to learn more about the world and what it has to offer before you settle on a major that may or may not relate to your passions in a realistic way.  Use this time to think about what it COULD be (aka a time for a great job, a great volunteering position, a great time to spend more time with grandparents, etc) rather than what it isn’t– you being in school.  Good luck 🙂

Post # 6
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Phew! I did first year at 19 in Therapeutic Recreation, dropped out after it and started working in Forestry for a year. Then went back for first year Geography. Dropped out after first semester and went back to Forestry. Then went back and am graduating with my Forest Tech diploma in a month! Seriously, don’t worry! You’re 18 and while this seems like a huge deal now things will work out. 

If they are saying you are owing money, sort that out ASAP, I agree with tracking him down in person.

Post # 8
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Get a job as a cashier/ receptionist at a car dealership, work your ass off ask for more to do and maybe they will train you and pay for your training on certain things. 

Post # 9
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You are in no way a loser. Most 18-year-olds don’t have to demonstrate the financial literacy and responsibility that you have. 

Have you called financial aid as well? It probably sounds a little hinky to them for you to say “The Dean said I don’t owe money,” but if you give them some specifics, then they might be inclined to listen, perhaps speak to the Dean’s office on your behalf. And they will at least open a case for you. 

The other thing is, I wouldn’t get too panicky about getting the Dean’s VM right now because for a lot of schools (assuming you’re in the US), the weeks before and/or after Easter constitute Spring Break. Have you tried calling his office and speaking to a secretary or someone else in person? 

Post # 10
1301 posts
Bumble bee

Put off your wedding until you get your life figured out? You’re 18…figure out your school/moey/job situation before getting married.

Post # 11
6 posts
  • Wedding: March 2018

Find a job, even part time to get out of the house

Post # 12
2008 posts
Buzzing bee

1) what do you have in writing from the Dean? 

2) do you still have your 0.00 balance bill?

3) ask the school to send you an invoice, rather than them just on the phone saying “you owe money”.

4) call the dean’s secretary and ask to set an in person meeting. Bring your $0.00 bill and your new invoice saying you owe $ from last semester. Get it handled right there, in person. Since you dont have a job, you should be able to drive out there and get this taken care of. 

5) Get a job- any job. Nanny, cashier, bartend, etc etc. 

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