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Someone just asked me to explain what “college level math” means.

Here’s my explanation:

I have $20. If I take this $20 downtown, I can buy three or four vodka sours, depending on if I walk or take the bus, and get buzzed or maybe even slightly tipsy.

If I take this $20 to the big wholesale liquor store, I can buy a bottle of vodka, a bottle of sour mix, drink belligerently AND have change left over for a McDouble.

That’s college level math.

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To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me: If only I had a tiger mom or started a fake charity.

Anyone writing an academic paper on white privilege and is looking for a primary source?

Meet Suzy Lee Weiss.

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Before I start, I dare you to not put your fist through your monitor while reading her opinion editorial Facebook-worthy bitchfest.

She didn’t get into the college of her choice and it’s everyone else’s fault because she took the advice of “be yourself” and it backfired. Here’s a passage chock full o’ cluelessness and racism:

For starters, had I known two years ago what I know now, I would have gladly worn a headdress to school. Show me to any closet, and I would’ve happily come out of it. “Diversity!” I offer about as much diversity as a saltine cracker. If it were up to me, I would’ve been any of the diversities: Navajo, Pacific Islander, anything. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I salute you and your 1/32 Cherokee heritage.

I also probably should have started a fake charity. Providing veterinary services for homeless people’s pets. Collecting donations for the underprivileged chimpanzees of the Congo. Raising awareness for Chapped-Lips-in-the-Winter Syndrome. Fun-runs, dance-a-thons, bake sales—as long as you’re using someone else’s misfortunes to try to propel yourself into the Ivy League, you’re golden.

Suzy bemoans not having a tiger mom, or two moms, or not hanging out with an African orphan named “Kinto” — as Gawker points out, just a little too close to Kunta Kinte.

And lest you think Suzy is in dire economic straits, here’s a news article profiling her parents’ custom-built, luxury $700,000 home

Basically, nothing is her fault — she can’t help being straight, white, well-off! Y’all should cater to her for it because she’s a hard life. Well, at least life’s been SO HARD since she found out she didn’t get into the college of her choice. 

SHE’S JUST SUPER PISSED YOU GUYS. And since her sister used to be an opinion features editor at the Wall Street Journal, Suzy was able to flood the presses with her righteous white whine.

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We’ll be talking about the legislature of course. Oh, and WyWatch. We’re gonna talk shit about them and our mutual defeats. We’re gonna rant and rave a bit. AND I HAVE GERALD (NOT)GAY ON TAPE! Y’all didn’t believe me when I said he had the weirdest bigotry ever told

Well, he went off again about the whole Gay-is-my-last-name-and-gay-people-make-me-sad thing. And I was recording this time.

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This is the state of higher education.
Here’s my financial aid calculation for the last semester of my undergraduate career. After federal financial aid was severely restricted, I lost the Pell Grant for the spring. It was slashed in the fall from a full Pell award ($2775) to what you see above.
The University of Wyoming estimated that it will cost me $17,726 to attend for the 2012-2013 aid year. My expected family contribution is $0 because of my income bracket. I was awarded $7,985 in financial aid. Now, the estimated cost of attendance is a little higher than what it actually costs me to go to college because of cost-cutting measures I take myself. However, that still leaves a difference of $9,741 — which, of course, exists even though UW and the Department of Education are basically saying, “You’re too poor to be expected to contribute anything towards this cost.”
The difference is worse for low-income students not attending a school as cheap as UW. Our tuition is heavily subsidized by the oil and gas industry.
So when folks like to write in and castigate me for being a drag on the U.S. taxpayer by going to college, I’m not sorry. I’m barely hanging on, and what little aid I do get is going to enable me to finish. I may not get to eat three meals a day, but I will graduate.
There are other students who have it rougher than I do. But there’s way too many people who think we’re all living it up on federal aid dollars and we’re definitely not. If that’s all a student has for college expenses, trust me — they’re not living it up so much as trying to not wind up homeless.

This is the state of higher education.

Here’s my financial aid calculation for the last semester of my undergraduate career. After federal financial aid was severely restricted, I lost the Pell Grant for the spring. It was slashed in the fall from a full Pell award ($2775) to what you see above.

The University of Wyoming estimated that it will cost me $17,726 to attend for the 2012-2013 aid year. My expected family contribution is $0 because of my income bracket. I was awarded $7,985 in financial aid. Now, the estimated cost of attendance is a little higher than what it actually costs me to go to college because of cost-cutting measures I take myself. However, that still leaves a difference of $9,741 — which, of course, exists even though UW and the Department of Education are basically saying, “You’re too poor to be expected to contribute anything towards this cost.”

The difference is worse for low-income students not attending a school as cheap as UW. Our tuition is heavily subsidized by the oil and gas industry.

So when folks like to write in and castigate me for being a drag on the U.S. taxpayer by going to college, I’m not sorry. I’m barely hanging on, and what little aid I do get is going to enable me to finish. I may not get to eat three meals a day, but I will graduate.

There are other students who have it rougher than I do. But there’s way too many people who think we’re all living it up on federal aid dollars and we’re definitely not. If that’s all a student has for college expenses, trust me — they’re not living it up so much as trying to not wind up homeless.

Filed under Financial aid college policy politics education higher education University University of Wyoming Wyoming

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sweetsweetvictory:

Texas A&M players Ben Malena (1), and Trey Williams (20), celebrate in confetti after the Aggies defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 41-13, in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Photo Credit:
http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/photos?gameId=330040201&photoId=2637290

sweetsweetvictory:

Texas A&M players Ben Malena (1), and Trey Williams (20), celebrate in confetti after the Aggies defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 41-13, in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Photo Credit:

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/photos?gameId=330040201&photoId=2637290

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

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Overheard at family weekend between mom and freshman

Mom:
So... how ARE your classes? Doing well, I assume.
Frosh:
I'm gonna, like, fail everything.
Mom:
What do you mean? Do you need a tutor? Honey, just let us know.
Frosh:
No, I need my books.
Mom:
But you got all that loan money. And your dad and I have given you over $4,000. What did you do with it?!
Frosh:
No, I still have it. The teacher must have passed them out on the first day. I wasn't here, remember? You had to take me on your stupid cruise and now I don't have my stupid books because I wasn't here on the first day.
Mom:
Uh, Connor? You have to buy them.
Frosh:
Yeah, now that I missed the teacher passing them out. There must not be enough to go around. I'm not spending all my money on stupid books.
Mom:
Did you ask the others where they got their book?
Frosh:
No, they'll know I was dumb and missed the first day and so now I have to buy my books like a lame asshole.
Mom:
Don't swear. Didn't you know in college, you BUY your books? All of them. You have to buy them. They don't give them out like in high school.
Frosh:
No, I didn't KNOW that because you and dad never TOLD me. That's dumb. Why should I buy books? I hate books. It's the teacher's job to teach me stuff. If they want me to learn stuff from books, they should buy them.
Mom:
*looks around* Look, honey, the bookstore is still open! Let's go get you your books!
Frosh:
Whatever. Only if you get me an iPad to like, read them on.
They leave.
Me:
*looks up from typing this, facepalms* Did that just fucking happen?

Filed under University of Wyoming I hate freshman Seriously Family Weekend Kill me college

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Sallie Mae has done this nearly every single day for three weeks even though I faxed them enrollment verification for in-school deferment. Supposedly, it’s being processed. In other words, I don’t owe ‘til I drop out or graduate. You don’t get to blow my phone up all day because you’re incapable of processing a two-page fax in a timely fashion.
But as one rep explained, “It’s not harassment because you, like, owe money.”
Uh-huh. Google Sallie Mae’s history of hounding people until they pay – legitimately or not. And this is why you never, ever take out private student loans.
You know what would help stimulate the economy? Forgive student loan debt. Or at least let us go through some kind of modification.
Things like this exist in America, where you’re apparently nothing without a degree, and getting said degree costs you everything. Meanwhile, I keep telling them to process the paper and they promise to quit calling if I just give them a payment, y’know, just while we’re waiting on that deferment to process.
Loan sharking, kids. That’s pretty much what this is.

Sallie Mae has done this nearly every single day for three weeks even though I faxed them enrollment verification for in-school deferment. Supposedly, it’s being processed. In other words, I don’t owe ‘til I drop out or graduate. You don’t get to blow my phone up all day because you’re incapable of processing a two-page fax in a timely fashion.

But as one rep explained, “It’s not harassment because you, like, owe money.”

Uh-huh. Google Sallie Mae’s history of hounding people until they pay – legitimately or not. And this is why you never, ever take out private student loans.

You know what would help stimulate the economy? Forgive student loan debt. Or at least let us go through some kind of modification.

Things like this exist in America, where you’re apparently nothing without a degree, and getting said degree costs you everything. Meanwhile, I keep telling them to process the paper and they promise to quit calling if I just give them a payment, y’know, just while we’re waiting on that deferment to process.

Loan sharking, kids. That’s pretty much what this is.

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I think this is a land of opportunity for every single person, every single citizen of this great nation. I want to make sure we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot, they get as much education as they can afford, with their time they’re able to get it, and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values, they ought to have a shot at realizing their dreams.

Mitt Romney claiming Americans should be able to achieve their dreams, just as long as they have the “right values” and the ability to afford it.

Yes, Mitt. Do tell us what “right values” you mean.

In other news, Congress passed a bill to keep student loan rates from doubling, plus an oft-spiked transportation bill that will keep millions working, and which did not include the Keystone XL Pipeline because Republicans removed it, and also renewed federal flood insurance. Essentially, for a day, the U.S. Congress worked.

And my twitter feed blew up because Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting divorced and Instagram was broken.

Pay attention, folks. Or else we’ll wind up with Mittens.

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This kind of divisiveness, this attack of success, is very different than what we’ve seen in our country’s history. We’ve always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.

Mitt Romney, speaking at Otterbein University in Ohio.

From ThinkProgress:

"At a ‘lecture’ for students at Otterbein University in Ohio today, Mitt Romney told students that, his friend, Jimmy John, started a business by borrowing $20,000 from his parents at a low interest rate. Romney suggested anyone in the audience could do the same."

Because EVERYONE’S parents have $20k just sitting around, amirite?

You know what a risk is these days? Going to college and hoping to all things holy you get a job that allows you to pay back student loans. Not everyone is able to sell a little stock here and there to pay tuition at an Ivy League school and not work.

Just sayin’

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