So my little countdown widget tells me there are 34 days until I move. I’m hoping that means I’ll have more desire to blog. I’m less worried about when I get there since I should have more to talk about then but I will definitely disappear around midterms and finals.
So updates since my last post. Honestly there is no way I am going to remember everything that happened in the last two and half months but I’ll cover the high points (in bullet point form since I’m not a writer).
- two trips to Austin
- 2 brewery trips
- started personal training
- gained 9 pounds
- read some good books
- figured out that I’ll have my own bedroom at school
- celebrated my 24th birthday
- COLDPLAY CONCERT (let’s throw a picture in for that one)
Let’s do some low points too
- wasps have been invading our house for like a month
- the upstairs’ (where my room is) air conditioner broke three days ago
- accepted my loans
So the two things I feel the need to elaborate on since they are related to St. George’s.
Odds are if you need these to pay for school then you will probably be freaking out about them since it seems most of the people in our class facebook group were. So here’s the basic steps.
1. Check with your financial aid counselor to make sure you don’t have anything that disqualifies you from Federal Aid. I can’t remember what they were. Declaring bankruptcy in the past and having a felony on your record were two of them (I’m pretty sure).
2. Fill out FAFSA.
5. Get email from school that tells you to fill out the Master Promissory Notes and PLUS application and complete entrance counseling.
6. Do those things.
8. Get email that says to accept your aid package.
9. Do that.
10. Set up a direct deposit for your refund money. Charles Schwab seems to be the most popular bank due to no minimum, no monthly fees, and no foreign transaction fees.
It’s a slow process but be patient. That seems to be the most important thing I’ve learned from this process so far. I tried to jump the gun on Step 5 and the school was all “whoa don’t do that yet”.
OH! When you get to the MPN it asks for two references in an extremely confusing way. The two requirements are that the person not have the same address as you and then that one of the references should be your parents. Well if you live at home prior to school then apparently you get to ignore requirement number one and put your parents down. Also from what I have read the references are just to find you if you disappear and stop paying your loans back and have no effect on whether you get loans.
At some point after you have been accepted then they send out the housing request form. On the form you can opt for placement in a three bedroom suite (you get your own room) as opposed to a double (share your room with another person) for the first term. You can also sign up to be placed in three bedroom suite for term 2.
The two important things here are:
If you want to be in the three bedroom suite for term 1 then send your form back ASAP. I sent mine back the day that they sent it out.
Always say that you want to stay on campus for term 2. Even if you change your mind you can just opt back out. However, if you say you don’t and change your mind it is apparently really hard to find on campus housing.
One last thing on housing. There exists no good pictures of anything but the doubles online so if you want to see what you’ll be living in and you aren’t in double then you’re pretty much out of luck. I’ll try to fix this.
Well that’s it for now. Expect maybe pre-travel and packing next time.