A few months ago, I signal boosted my roommate's request for help going back to school
. In shocking record time, you guys (and god knows how many strangers, I hope somehow all of you find a way to this post) managed to help her raise approximately $2,100, to send her back to school. Her debt-gap was consolidated to the point that she could work out a small payment plan with the school, and was able to re-enroll for fall semester.
She paid off her debt through work over the summer, and now we've moved to Santa Fe (not commuting to school = wonderful!) and she's actually working in the school office
, right next to the Financial Aid department. I think she even does crossover secretarial work for them sometimes.
Last week, they guaranteed her for the Perkins loan, which will assure
that the same thing doesn't happen again this year. (Plus the fact that she's working - the debt is negligible.) When the FinAid advisor told her that, I am informed that there was also a hug delivered that indicated that everyone in the offices know exactly
how much shit she went through to get back to class. Apparently there are random high fives in the hallways and people who go, "Wait, you're _____?"
It's nice to know our persistence and daily phone calls paid off.
So, she's back at SFUAD, she's a Moving Image Arts major, and she's already being hailed by her professors as far ahead of the curve. "You're not a freshman," a professor said slyly to her the other day, while critiquing her essay. (She's 28, so frankly, that's comforting.)
She recorded this video as a thank you to everyone who managed to help - even if it was just sending good thoughts and wishes and hopes. We can't begin to thank you enough for all the help, the love, the signal boosting, and the vast sense of accomplishment and hope that we hope all of you can share with us. Thank you for everything you've done for her - for us - and, as she says in her video, I hope that we can find a way to pay it forward.
ETA: Yes, that is my kitten. She's kind of a camera whore. Also, Bonnie does not have a lisp, that's just my terrible CanonPowershot.