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How To Find Financial Aid

February 1, 2016

Orphan Survival Guide- How to Find Financial Aid

Today is February 1. If you live in the US, you should have all of your paperwork ready to file your taxes. You have no excuse for not applying for financial aid today.

Start your FAFSA application right now.

One of the worst things about college for any student–but especially for estranged adults–is paying for school. When I started Orphan Survival Guide, I wrote that I had Googled “how do orphans pay for college?” and found no useful answers, which is why I started the blog in the first place.

This post has been over a year in the making. I hope it answers that question.

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feels, orphan problems, personal

Depression for Extroverts

October 8, 2015

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I have major depression.

The smallest thing can set it off–and there are a thousand smallest things when you’re in college. Professors who won’t make accommodations for your work schedule, bad feedback on a paper you worked really hard on, finding the sidewalk in front of your class blocked by homecoming stages, your crazy neighbor’s cats picking fights with your cats…

Depression isn’t rational.

Most of the time, the things that set it off don’t make sense or they’re not a “good enough” reason to be depressed.

Depression isn’t just being sad for no reason.

Irritability, apathy, hopelessness, exhaustion… it comes in so many forms. It’s anxiety and perfectionism over minute details that keep you from finishing anything. It’s wanting to do nothing but lay in bed all day. It’s composing dozens of angry emails to your asshole professor that you’ll never send.

It’s being sad and then getting frustrated because you don’t know why you’re sad.

It’s keeping everything bottled up inside because you’ve created a reliable, stable, happy persona. It’s people saying, “But you seem so happy!” and “Considering your childhood, I’m amazed that you’re so functional!” when you feel like setting up permanent residence in bed.

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college, studying

What I Wish I Knew: Going to College

August 23, 2015

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My classes start tomorrow and the internet is full of ~what I wish I knew~ lists from old people pretending they know what it’s like to be a college student now.

Make friends! Do your homework! Don’t take morning classes! Don’t drink! Become a shut-in! Don’t take out student loans! Do a bunch of unpaid internships!

Can we say out of touch?

I am a junior nontraditional student who works full-time and is taking 18 credits this semester. I’m old (ish) but I’ve spent years living in a college town and I’m in school now. Here are my tips for a successful school year.

 

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college, human interaction, studying

How to Ask for a Due Date Extension

May 10, 2015

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It’s that time of the semester again.

It’s the Sunday before finals, the last week of classes, when you look at your planner and realize that not only are you nowhere near finished with your final projects, but they’re all due on the same day within two hours of each other.

Plus you have finals and haven’t even begun to look for and create study guides.

Whether it’s procrastination, overwhelming responsibilities, or any other excuse you tell yourself, you might not be able to finish everything on time. So what can you do?

  • You can turn in mediocre or unfinished work and accept whatever grade you receive.
  • You can turn everything in late and hope for the best.
  • You can just ignore the problem and shamefully avoid eye contact with your professors.
  • Or you can swallow your pride and ask for a due date extension.

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