Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Rachel Whitley from the Southern Beauty Shop series by Lila Dare
I've got some big decisions coming up and I'm not, like, sure how to make them. I'll be graduating from high school soon, and I'd really like to go to college, but me and my mom can't afford it. I enjoy working at Violetta's, but I never really saw myself as a beautician, you know? I know Mis Vi would keep me on, train me and everything, but I kinda want to study chemistry. I'd miss St. Elizabeth if I went away to college, but, like, the University of Georgia is only a few hours away. Go, Bulldogs!
My grades are good, but not good enough for me to get a full-ride scholarship and it's not like I'm a star athlete or anything. I mean, can you see me dribbling a ball down the court or kicking a soccer ball through the goal posts? Yeah, right. I'm pretty fast and I thought about trying out for track when I was, like, a freshman, but running in circles is pretty boring unless you're chasing someone . . . or someone's after you!
I've saved a lot of the money I've made working at Violetta's, but I figure it's no more than a couple years tuition, never mind living expenses. And textbooks cost, like, a bazillion dollars these days, even if you buy them used. My friend Willow said I could room with her--her folks are going to rent her an apartment--but I couldn't not pay rent. And then there's food and the electric bill, and gas for my scooter--not that that's very much, but still--and who knows what else?
My mom suggested I join the military because they've got some, like, killer education benefits, but I don't think I'm the military type. When I told Grace about I was thinking about the army, she almost snorted root beer out her nose laughing. She said that I'm an "individual" and that marching to someone else's drumbeat might not suit me. She might not have a college degree, but she's smart, that Grace.
So, do y'all have any ideas? How did you pay for college, for yourself or for your kids? Should I work at Violetta's after I graduate and save money until I can afford college? Or should I apprentice with Miss Vi and get my beautician's license? I suppose there's always student loans, too, but I don't know how to go about getting one. Help!