Or more appropriately, financial aid! I’m still waiting to hear back from the school about my financial aid status. I actually have to go to one of the campuses to speak with a financial advisor as part of my next steps. I’m not sure exactly what that means. Am I not going to get enough financial aid for my tuition costs? Am I not getting any aid? How does this even work anyway? So many questions. I guess that’s why I have to speak to someone face-to-face. All the better anyway. Another requirement for me to complete is on-campus orientation. I will be doing all of my classes online, and I’ve already completed online orientation. But all students have to complete both parts of orientation, online and on-campus, regardless of where they will actually be attending class. I’m really excited to get started on my degree and really get back into the swing of going to school. When I was younger I used to skip school all the time. I didn’t feel like I was learning anything, that I was wasting my time. While I now see the errors of my ways, it is still also kind of true. I wasn’t challenged enough and I didn’t care.
Now I actually want to go to school. Not because I have to, but because I want to. I know it is going to require a lot of hard work and dedication. It may even try my patience more often than not. But because it’s something I’m doing for myself, I think that will help me keep my momentum and moving forward with my education. I sorta like the idea of failing out of middle school for attendance, never attending high school, getting a GED, then a college degree. Not an ideal path but an interesting one, nonetheless. I’m still not positive on what my eventual major at UCF will be, but getting my associate degree out of the way will give me more time to stew on that. This blog will also help by being my outlet. I have always been told I am well written, so I might as well put that to use.
Even with the financial aid for tuition, I’m still going to need books and a computer. Like I said I still need to go to a campus to figure out all the finances. The computer I want to get is a MacBook Pro. I get a very good discount through work and can get a 15″MacBook Pro with maxed out specs, along with an external back up drive for around $2300. I’ve started a GoFundMe campaign a few months ago and am still accepting donations. Mostly looking to fund the cost for the Mac more than anything right now. I should be okay on tuition and books as long as I get a full Pell grant. But that’s to be determined once I speak with the financial advisor in person. Any Valencia alumni here on WordPress? How did the financial aid experience go for you? Any tips on expediting the process?