Friday, July 20, 2007

It always works out...

So...I figured my school life was over, but I've been offered a job, at my local university, that is willing to work my schedule around classes. This means I can't take three or four classes a semester, but I can take 4 classes a year FOR FREE, at least for the next two years.

If I save up the difference between my pay now and my new pay, I will have another $8,000 at the end of two years. Theoretically, I could save myself almost $20,000 in my quest for another B.S.

In the end, I could go to school full time and spend only $20,000 on a degree, instead of $40,000 (nevermind the $ in INTEREST from loans).

Guess I always get what I need.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Oh my...if I had known that the process of going back to school was going to be so disappointing, I probably wouldn't have tried.

Since the first little seed was planted, my estimations on the cost of an education have sprouted all sorts of thorns and weird shit. My original estimate of 13,000 dollars per year looks wonderful compared to the new total of 21,000/yr. Were I receiving any free money, things would still look feasible. However, first degree has prevented me from getting any kind of federal grants and state scholarships. I'm on my own, and the more I learn about subsidized this-n-that and interest and compounded interest, the more I wonder if it's all worth it.

So that's the question. Is it worth it?

I have a hard time placing value on this. It's a dream. It has been since I was VERY little. And it's a dream that I got in the way of...and I don't know if I'll be okay with myself knowing that I wanted to do something and didn't do it because I'm afraid of everything. I've got another 50 to 60 years on this planet and dammit, I want to spend it talking about coprolites and procoelous vertebrae. It makes me a way I can't understand and don't dare to question.

What's the point in living if you're not doing what makes you happy?

Then again...many people live their lives in a state of misery...I'm fortunate to have (barely) enough money to live off of.

If I go back to school, I'm looking at at least 46,000 dollars in UNDERGRADUATE debt. I need help with this one.

Someone tell me what to do.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Oh, Florida

I've spent the last week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with J. We flew down on the 23rd and drove back on the 30th. It was a great trip, but for a few minor setbacks.
Some highlights included our trip to the Miami Science Museum where dinosaur skeletons from China were exhibited, some for the first time. I tried to take National Geographic-quality photos, but all I got were these crummy pics:

(from left top to right bottom: Lufengosaurus (2 species); Sinraptor; Omeisaurus and Tuojungosaurus; Shunosaurus; Confuciusornis; um...I think it's spelled Longistravus; and Yangchuanosaurus)

(Jordan and Mr. Anatamically Screwed Dinosaur on the dino couch)
The exhibit was pretty small, but a lot of the skeletons were on exhibit for the first time in the States, and many were nearly complete.