Back To School

If you know me or are friends with me on Facebook, you probably know by now that I am going back to school…. for teaching.

I won’t dive into why today, I really don’t feel like I need to, instead I’m going to talk about the “fun” things that it has entailed thus far. Ooooh, I sound so smart. *Insert face palm here.* Do people even still do that??? Lord I feel old…

Some of you are probably aware that this is not my first time going to college. What you probably aren’t aware of is that the first time I royally screwed up and tanked my GPA. I’m talking abysmal. It’s a 1.26. Shameful. Absolutely humiliating to admit.

Let’s talk about money…

Because of my low GPA, I will be entering school on academic probation AND with no financial aid… Yayyyyyyy… So I am paying out of pocket AND I need to make sure that I keep my grades up.

I officially start school on May 30th, all online classes (which has not been my strongsuit in the past, but I am hoping and praying that this time will be different), and am going to be a full time student (5 classes, although only 13 credit hours, so it should work). I have been working to make sure that I can schedule my time accordingly to put as much time as possible into studying and doing schoolwork.

With no financial aid, I am hoping to pay for my first semester with my tax refund, and get all A’s so that HOPEFULLY I can at least get my Pell grant in the fall. Just in case this doesn’t work though, I am applying for scholarships every single weekend, almost sun up to sundown, praying that someone will take pity on me and help me fund my dream.

Scholarship Essays

Let’s talk about something real here… Scholarship essays always want to know WHY you deserve the money that they are giving away, but if I’m being honest, I don’t.

I squandered away my first few chances going to school, failed out of classes, took out student loans, and just made some overall pretty crappy choices. I can say that being older and more mature, I have no intention of doing that again, but I also know that I have no idea what kind of student I will be. I’m hoping for the best, but who really knows? I have a hard time, and hate the idea of feeling like I’m lying to people, so I have most likely done myself no favors when writing these essays.

Working my tail off

Because I can’t make any guarantees of how this is going to go, I’m making back up plans. The best thing about having the worst anxiety in the world is that you already expect the worst case scenario and you plan for it in every way possible.

I already work full time at my kids school, and I have no intention of leaving (I’m hoping they’ll see fit to hire me as a teacher once I complete my degree), so this covers my health insurance and my cell phone bill. Seriously yall, paraprofessionals don’t make a lot of money and they do a TON of work, so please make sure to thank all the parapros you meet, they’re heroes.

You know I have my business (www.alicias.store) so I am adding new merchandise every chance I get in order to help fund my education, along with signing up for multiple craft shows, in which the bulk of that money will go into a savings account specifically for school. ANDDDDD… I have a booth at The Warehouse in Cuthbert, GA where those funds are also going towards school.

Because my time is already so limited, I will have to limit the amount of custom orders that I do, because they are typically much more time consuming, but I will still be taking on a few custom orders each month, so yall can still contact me about those. 🙂

In addition to all of this, most of you know about my chickens… I will be selling eggs for $5 a dozen to help fund my education, and incubating eggs all summer to sell chicks ($3 each with a minimum sale of 3 chicks) to also help fund school.

Donations???

A very sweet friend suggested that I ask friends, family, and followers to donate. I feel weird doing that, but at the same time, I can’t afford to be too self conscious… If you would like to donate, even a dollar, I have PayPal, Cash app, and Venmo, and it would be so appreciated.

Follow my journey

I’m planning to update you all with my journey each week, so please feel free to follow me here and on any and all social media platforms that I have.

Much love,
Alicia

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