So yeah. I have options. :D I am still waiting for the UCLA application on Friday, but I am satisfied enough with my current options that if I get denied, I will not be too awful bothered. Unfortunately, my parents have just over 80k of income per year. My mom could work, but isn’t. I’m currently trying to find a job, and generally it’s been frustrating because I need to have surgery over the summer, so they don’t want to hire. And a few didn’t want to hire me because I’m overqualified :| Anyways, it’s looking unlikely I get a job. Darn.
Anyways, I just got my financial aid offers from Davis and UCR. Furthermore, I didn’t get one from UCSD because my dad intelligently forgot to put it on my FAFSA form. I volunteered to fill it out, but they were convinced I was too incompetent to do so o.O I just sent something to the UCs explaining my inability to get a job to help pay for college (due to fact I will be in hospital for a month at beginning of summer and will have major physical limitations for two months after)
Basically, my family has a ton of assets, and we arent’ getting dit in grants from UC. UCs said "you need like 9k in financial aid. We'll give you 2k, you can take out a 7k loan." Which is depressing because we have a lot of assets but not income. Which puts more pressure to attend a school I get a full ride at for national merit. But I’m really torn. Will the employment gap be worth it. Will the college experience be worth it? I know that experience shouldn’t take precedent by itself, but it should certainly be a factor that should be considered. Mom got pissed that I might want to go to San Diego, which is sorta reasonable. However then we calculated northeastern cost, and it’s roughly 22k/year even with full tuition. UCSD is around 29-30k/year, which is almost 30k more cumulative, but still, potentially better career options might compensate me, but not my parents. It’s just tough, weighing cost vs prestige and experience. I still have around five weeks, so there is time. And an admission from Rice or Stanford or Princeton throws half this stuff out the window. Heck, UCLA might.
In other positive news, I ordered a 550D + kit lens + SD/charger etc for $500.It is used, but I think that’s an excellent deal. I will be taking tons of pictures. I love photography, just never really had the camera to get serious :D I’ve wanted one for like 4 years, but I finally just sucked it up and payed.