Stages of Financial Aid as a Broke College Student

Stages of Financial Aid as a Broke College Student

From Dollars to Pennies
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Money doesn't come easy to every student in College, Some have it harder than others which can change how they pay for College and Live through it.

I decided to a little bit out of my range for college but I'm still happy with my choice regardless.

But, being is debt isn't fun for anyone at any price.

You look at your Bill

Your Stomach Drops and you start asking yourself if it was really necessary to buy that *Insert expensive item you didn't really need here* last week.


You Apply for FAFSA

Some people get it, Some don't, never hurts to apply though

You pretty much try to make yourself sound as poor as possible without lying

You pray to the money gods for something


You apply for Scholarships

You find all the Websites and College Postings on Scholarships.

You try to write about all the hardships you been through, show off your GPA and basically start to beg for free money. Explaining why you need money ends up feeling a little harder every time

You get your FAFSA Results

You feel Grateful for what you have gotten but also wish for more.


You Apply for Loans

You feel like throwing up after seeing the interest

And you start to learn that you are going to be in debt till you die.


You Cut Down on your Spending

the money jar becomes real, you survive on only the food plan and whatever you already have.


Having to Buy School Supplies Before your Loan money comes in

Bank Account before: $1,000

Bank Account after: $1


Trying to Explain your Financial Situation to your well off friends

No, I can't buy ice cream and pizza with you because I need to buy Shampoo and Soap this week.

No, I can't go to this not-free event because I don't have money for it

No I can't just ask my Mom for Extra Money, She's doesn't even have Money


Wishing You saved more Money as a Teenager

Did I really need the Xbox 360? Why did I buy that much makeup?

Did I even have my future in mind or did I just think money would be more available..


Getting all the Freebies you can

Fitness Class, College Events, Prize Giveaways, Hell yeah I'm participating if it doesn't involve opening my wallet and I can walk away with something.

And I'm not going to Buy Milk if i can just fill up a container at the Cafeteria and walk away with a couple of Snacks.

After all nothing is actually free because I pay my tuition for such things in Reality


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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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