Everything is falling into place these days and I couldn’t be happier. I’m going to be marrying my best friend next year, I might be starting a new job at work, and I’m starting school next month.
Last week, I received an email from the college that my financial aid suspension had been appealed. I was suspended because I am what they call a professional student. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life. It only took my 38 years to figure it out. I was so excited that I have been granted financial aid. I was worried about financing college. I didn’t want another student loan. I was prepared to pay for all of it on my own.
As part of my appeal, I had to speak with my academic advisor and fill out a Probation Contract so that I could be awarded a Pell Grant. I made an appointment through Richland’s website and I received an email from him almost right away. He told me that he spoke with one of the ladies in the marketing department wanted to hear my story of moving to New Zealand and also taking classes at Richland. They thought it was a unique story.
What’s my story? Let me take you back a couple weeks ago. (This is where you imagine squiggly wavy ripples that accompany a flashback.)
I signed up for all my classes and I was all set. I was so excited about starting my education until I noticed that I would not be able to finish in time for my move next year. Not to mention I received an email from the Financial Aid department informing me that I was on financial aid suspension because I exceeded 150% of the credits needed for completion of an associate’s degree.
Broken hearted, I called my advisor and told him that I would need to drop all of my classes that I signed up for – two in the summer and five in the fall – because I would be unable to finish in the year time frame. He told me that he would go ahead and drop me from my classes but that I should take in consideration that I could complete my degree even half way around the world. I told him that I would think about it.
I spoke to Emma about this and the decision was clear. I had to go back to school and I wanted to complete my degree at Richland Community College. I called my advisor again and told him to sign me back up. I also started to prepare to appeal my financial aid suspension.
(Enter squiggly wavy ripples back to present times.)
I told that story to the marketing lady. And I also got to talk about Emma which always makes me happy. She said that they are running stories on social media from lots of students about why they chose Richland for their higher education. She found my story to be inspiring because I didn’t have to give up my hopes to graduate because I am moving thousands of miles away. That’s why my story is unique to her.
I didn’t really find it too unique or fantastic. I mean, I am very grateful for the opportunity to finish and actually graduate with a degree in a field of work that I love doing. I’m just an ordinary Midwestern girl making sure my dreams become a reality.