I've been in school now for almost a year. Unfortunately, this will probably be my last term. Up until the beginning of this year I have managed to only work 3 days a week, and go to school. I currently work for the airline industry as a Flight Attendant and have been employed by my company for over 10 years. I guess I should of saw this coming, but every since our economy has been offiicially "tanked", I now only have about 2 years seniority. I am back "on-call" and can't hold a schedule which will allow me to only work Fri-Sun, which is what I had been doing since I started school. Still, I thought I would just take my time and work as hard as I could to finish, but the director of my schools program is pushing everyone to be done within 2 years. Initially I was hopeful that I could be. Now, I have to be realistic, there is no way. I was even called into the directors office for missing a few days of class, which was due to me having to work. How embarrassing. I felt like I was in high school again. And I am almost 40! I also can't afford to pay almost $4000 a trimester for more than another year. Realistically, 3- 3 1/2 years is the time frame that most students, I have spoke to, say it takes.....Then there is financial aid. I make too much to qualify for any type of grants, but don't make enough to continue supplementing my student loans with monthly payments. Especially without knowing if I will even have a job within the year if the economy gets even worse.
I am planning to finish out the term with the hopes that something changes. Hell, I've paid my tuition. I just feel so defeated and at loss what I should do next.