So, I’ve submitted my application to the University of North Dakota. The only way I will be able to attend school in the Spring is if I am able to receive what I need for financial aid. Obviously, I will need enough to cover tuition but I will also need to get a substantial amount to pay my everyday living expenses; primarily including my bills: rent, car insurance, cell phone, car loan, ect. But am I able to get that? I am a little worried because when I went to NCTC, I didn’t get a check in the mail and extra money to spend. It all happened behind the scenes; I was approved for financial aid and the institution sent the money to Northland and that was that. I hear all the time of how students receive a lump sum and it is their duty to go and pay the tuition and the remainder is for personal expenditures which in my case will be solely bills. I’ve just started my journey and haven’t looked into grants and scholarships yet but if (hopefully WHEN) I get accepted, than I will start from there and move forward.
I also am in the research stage of declaring a major. I have obtained my two year Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences a few years ago and am still bummed to this day that I didn’t know what I wanted to be so I could have went on for another few years of college. No one should be to blame but myself but I do blame some of the school advisers both in High School and College for reasons that I’ll save for another time. My four areas of interest are Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education, Psychology, and Social Work. Over the next few weeks and months I hope that I am able to finalize my decision because all areas are highly motivating to me. Right now, I’m working on the statistics of salary verses job demand verses growth. Once I have that down I will need to decide if I want to help children (Early Childhood/Elementary), Teenagers (Social Work/Psychology), or Adults (Social Work/Psychology).
In the meantime, I will be going back to a previous job as I miss and loved it there. I will be able to spend most of my days with children and helping them to grow. I also think that going back into the setting will help me with my decision making. I’m very blessed and excited to get back into the swing of things!