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The Autobiography of Russell
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Collective update of the past few days, part one of ???
Yes, I've actually moved to Cincinnati with Rob. Yes, I forgot to update one last time to say "Moving and won't have internet till Thursday". Yes, still don't have internet on my computer (as I'm typing this on Rob's Macintosh laptop). The router we bought Tuesday is ... well, defective. Any time you try to connect to it wirelessly it shuts down all wireless capabilities within thirty seconds. It doesn't even show up in scans anymore, for whatever reason. We'll be returning that within the next two or three days (most likely today) and ordering one online for cheaper and a brand that Rob's dad trusts (majorly into computers there).

I can't say that I'm really comfortable with Macs. No, let me rephrase that. I don't like the way they do some things (The task bar. The menu bar. The mouse (Where's my middle button? It's not working on my optical usb mouse). The window management. But beyond all that, I can live with it. It's not so bad that it impedes me from at least functioning decently, but I don't see myself being power mac user any time soon, if ever.

Once I got up here I stopped by the Financial Aid office Monday and stood in line for something like thirty or forty minutes. When I was finally serviced I got the older gay guy (he had big glasses on that shaded pink at the top and faded as they went down, and a "this is a safe zone for GLBT" sticker on his laptop). After I gave him my identification information he told me there was nothing for me to do but wait for them to get my corrections from the US Department of Education (they had emailed me Friday evening saying my corrections had been processed).

It finally went through Tuesday or Wednesday and when we checked on it Wednesday evening they had awarded me a Stafford loan of the max allowable for dependant students (~$2,600 per year, or ~$800 per quarter). They had also awarded me a ParentPLUS loan of ~$33,000 per year, or ~$11,000 per quarter. I talked to my parents last night and they told me they don't know how they could swing it as they're still trying to pay off their own loans and bills (at 60/70 years old). The cost of college here for an out-of-state student is $7,600 per quarter, or ~$22,000 per year. Obviously without that ParentPLUS loan I can't even afford a single class on just the Stafford loan.

So, to summarize, I won't be going to college this year. Rob says I should go over to financial aid and tell them my parents won't do the ParentPLUS thing to see what else they'll do knowing that. Now hat I'm thinking about it even if they did reclassify me as a Independent Student for the Stafford loan, it wouldn't get me through even half time as the max they award for that status at freshman level is about $7,000 a year (meaning less than $2,500 a quarter).

Another thing I found out is that the majority of the classes I took at RPCC are useless as far as a major in IT is concerned. They do have math, but I didn't pass that (I made a D, not an F, but colleges treat Ds the same as an F as far as going anywhere is concerned). The only thing that would transfer is English Composition I and possibly Speech. That means my Intro to Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, US History I & II, and Physical Science I classes are all useless. Oh well.

Rob's taking it pretty badly, actually. He wants to strangle (not literally, mind you) just about anyone I've ever known (My brother is the only one he doesn't want to, and my sister only half the time). I can't say I blame him, but it's old news and there's nothing to do about it. I'd just as well forget about it cause it's not going to get me anywhere.

I guess I have to find a source of income now. I also need to find a local cell phone company that has a cheap deal on free incoming phone calls. So far the only company that I know doesn't do it is Verizon, and Sprint is the only one I know of that does it for like forty or fifty a month. Finding a local cell phone company that does free incoming calls doesn't look very promising but that's what I'm looking into today.

I've realized that, no matter how much sleep I need or can get, I never get more than six to eight hours at a time. If I feel like getting more than that I have to get up and do something for a while then go back to sleep in a few hours. Like this morning, I went to bed at one or two, and got up at seven. It's now nine in the morning and I'm ready to go back to sleep.

I have more things to talk about, but they're alluding me at the moment, and I think that's enough for now.

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band

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raist_ From: raist_ Date: September 23rd, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the things I would suggest is looking into how long you need to be in Ohio before claiming residency.

I know Wisconsin is only a month; some places are as much as a year.

But once you can claim residency (which since you're living there with Rob...isn't hard to do; just takes time), you're then considered an In-State Student, and your tuition should nearly halve.

You could also look into taking out student loans yourself as well, without the parents. Harder....but it really comes down to how much do you want to go to school.
mrtrblmkr1 From: mrtrblmkr1 Date: November 22nd, 2005 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
why not just pull for a scholarship? they're are like hundreds, if not
thousands you can grab for that don't neccessarily require your high school
or current college grades.

i think the best site for the search is fastweb.com,
another site to start with would be thecollegeboard.com
or google: "college board" instead.

if you apply/assert yourself enough, your college dreams might
come true.
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