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Im trying to get into College

Organized by: Noelia P

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Im a 23 year old woman who just needs enough to get started. I am self sufficient but it seems like every time I plan to put money aside its going towards living expenses. I dont care about living off of loans I JUST NEED AN EDUCATION. Right now i am stuck trying to send my SAT scores to the university here but its been so long that the cost is more than I have in my bank account. Im struggling to find a job after my boss fired me for asking for days off. I worked for this man 6 days a week with sundays as my only day off. After giving him 9 weeks notice that i would need a week off to handle personal business he said it would be "highly unlikely" unless we found another employee to cover. Having just moved to this city I knew no one. I hit the ground running and found 3 suitable candidates. I even scheduled their interviews and ran their training alone. All while managing his business. As the week approached I informed him that I will be departing and the only thing he said was that the girls could only cover 3 days and I was to be present for the weekend. I politely informed him that they were alright to handle things alone. To which he then asked if i was just going to up and quit. I said I did not want to but I do not know what else I could do to make this any easier on him. You see, he had a trip planned to Anguilla with his wife in their 7 bedroom private villa which also included a private butler and house staff. All while paying me $40 a day as his bartender. Now, before you say bartenders make a lot of money let me outline the nature of this. This is his second establishment which had no affiliation to his first. Its off the beaten path as a watering hole in the middle of a medical/residential area which is conveniently located across the street from a methadone rehab facility. It was anything but glamorous. I took the money because i needed it. I knew I couldn't build his clientele here. No one even knew who I was or that I existed. Not to mention on several occasions including in front of me at the bar he would complain about losing money. Badgering me in front of patrons that he still has to pay out of pocket because the word is being let out enough. In the same breath he would then describe to them how advertising was not important because his first bar could pay for them both. I needed the money. I have since moved on but living in the biggest little city in the south doesnt lend much to the prospective job search. Once things are full they are full. Im not asking for a full ride. I just need to get the ball rolling. I need my degree. I need something more than part time jobs and crappy apartments. My plan is to finish a degree in marketing and digital media with a double major in psychology. I know its a lot of work but I finally feel ready to make something more of myself and to be the second person in my family with a college degree. The first being my older sister who is such an inspiration to me. Anything will help.


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