SRS i'm falling down the rabbit hole...

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  1. Chrissy

    Chrissy dnb doll

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    at 25 i've finally got a job i like and i'm in school for something i'm extremely passionate about. abruptly the company i work for goes bankrupt and i'm without a job (or a way to pay for school supplies or keep up with my bills). right now i'm faced with my car being repo'd, my bank accounts overdrawn and no way to get through school because of the lack of supplies i should be purchasing. i've tried desperately for weeks to get a new job. i have qualifications out the ass ranging from Assistant Manager positions to Contract Billing Specialists and Customer Service. due to my schedule in school i'm unable to work Monday and Wednesday and even in the retail community that's impossible to work around (wtf?).

    i don't know what to do.

    the last thing i want to do is quit school because i won't be able to go back for over a year and i waited a year to get into this program (photography).

    i've applied for student loans, but because my credit is mediocre i'm never approved. on top of that i've asked several people i'm close to for some help but they all seem to be in a bind as well.

    i've always tried my best to be the kindest person i can, believing in the power of karma (or whatever you wanna call it), but now that everything i've worked for is crumbling i wonder why i put forth the effort.
     
  2. s34s0ns

    s34s0ns OT Supporter

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    Take whatever job you can, even the shittiest is better than none.

    pray for the student loans eat oatmeal/eggs/ramen every meal and use the money from your job to at least pay for school supplies.
     
  3. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Waiting tables FTW!

    THey have extremely flexible hours and they can accomodate most student's schedules. You also get tips each night which can really help meet your urgent cash needs. I waited tables for many years while in school and it is one of the best paying jobs for some people.

    However, not all waiting table jobs are the top paying ones. You may have to start out in mexican food (where you don't typically make as much per table but you have a lot of tables) then try to find a job in a fine dining restaurant (where you have few tables but can make a LOT of money per table).

    I like something in between these two....it was a trendy, upper scale restaurant in one of the local malls. The mall traffic helped on slow nights but really we had excellent food and high standards....so we attracted a good crowd.

    Anyways...if you have to take a semester off of school or even a whole year to get your finances in order...it's ok.....just as long as you go back and finish school.

    Oh and to help with bills...cut out all luxuries. You have a computer with internet access but you're majoring in photography....think you can do without the inet connection??? What about cell phone?? Do you have one?? If so, get rid of it....what about other luxuries?? YOu may not think these things are luxury items but they are...when you are in financial crisis, it's time to stop asking ppl for help and start taking control by cutting your expenses to the bone!! You'd be amazed and how much you can cut out of your life....however, you may not want to cut them out....that's the key...cut them anyways.

    Good luck and hang in there. This too shall pass.
     
  4. Teh Jebus

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    If you really need a job, try going through a temp hiring agency like AppleOne. some of them do get you working with full time jobs. I've used appleone before, got a job the next day. :o

    just throwing that out there.
     
  5. redna

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    It's not so bad at the bottom of the rabbit hole... I'm debating just staying down here forever. Let me knw if you need some company.
     
  6. LittleStar

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    Waiting tables is a definite idea. Money CAN be made doing that. It doesn't pay what retail does, of course not, but it may just be enough to hold the wolves at bay.
     
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    I'm wondering, have you tried waiting tables already?
     
  8. Chrissy

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    i have applied to wait tables, but haven't heard anything back from those restaurants. having not worked in the restaurant industry for over 4 years is probably hurting my chances.

    as far as luxuries like internet access...i moved back home with my parents to save money. internet is on their tab. and my cell phone...well, that was cut off weeks ago.

    i really hate to say it, but it looks like i'm going to withdraw from classes on Monday. i see no other way out and the shittiest part of it all is that my program runs annually, so i'd have to wait over a year to go back to school.

    thanks for the comments everyone...i just wish i could figure a way out of this mess.
     
  9. Nightrox

    Nightrox I'm a brownie

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    Can't your parents help you out a bit?
     
  10. Chrissy

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    they usually can, but my younger sister is in college as well and doesn't get scholarships like i have, so they pay her tuition thus absorbing any extra cash they might be able to lend me.
     
  11. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Well it sounds like you have taken some steps to "keep the wolves at bay" however, it's still not working out the way you had planned. I'm sorry to hear that. Try to keep your head up tho.....this too shall pass.

    I would suggest explaining your financial situation to the head of your major's department. Let them know that you've put it off as long as you can but there's just no way around it....you have to withdrawl but you want to come back next year.

    You might also ask if they know of any scholarships that you could apply for....and be sure to talk to the financial aid offices. There are many different ways to pay for college. Some are based on need only, some are based on acedemic performance and some are based on your major and other factors. The point is, keep looking!! Grants never have to be repaid!

    Also, mathew lesko has a book about getting all sorts of free money. I'm sure you've seen his commercials. I think this is his website:
    http://www.mlesko.com/g2/index4.htm

    Anyways, you can find his books at Barnes and Nobel and you don't have to buy them....just take some paper with you and write down all the info you need.

    Anyways....don't give up on your dreams just because they are going to take a little longer for you to realize them. Try to focus on the positives and keep your head up. Before you know it, you'll catch yourself talking to some young person and say....back when I was your age..... and then you know it's time to join AARP. lol
     
  12. Chrissy

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    thanks a lot...really, i mean it. you put a smile on my face and i needed that immensely! i appreciate your response and will put a few of those suggestions into motion. <33
     
  13. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    You're most welcome. I've been where you are and I can assure you that you can pursue your dreams even if they take a little while longer to achieve them. Sometimes it makes the attainment of a goal, that much sweeter.

    Good luck and don't ever give up your dream....no matter what and no matter how long it takes!! Keep trying to progress towards it and you will eventually reach that goal!!
     

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