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Doin it...

Im gunna apply for a Special Edu Teachers Aide job at my alma mater. My mom thinks Im an idiot for applying outside the Univ b/c I lose "free" tuition benefits. Personally I think the discounted rate isnt worth being 100% miserable all day everyday. Im 25. I need to be out and doing something I love. My dad has instilled in me that I can do and be whatever I want and that I should never settle for being unhappy. Well, Im unhappy. Id rather have the loans later than want to bash my head thru a wall everyday and only have a $50 paycheck to show for it (I get taxed on my tuition...that leaves me with $50 a week. Bogus).

My bff had this job and was unhappy with it, but she was also an Eng Lit major...Im a SW major, its more up my alley than hers, so pray for me cuz Im losing my mind!

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  • edited December 2011
    Doooooo it!!!!  Good luck to you!!!
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    edited December 2011
    Good luck!! Student loans suck, but if you plan for them now and are at a job you enjoy, it will be worth it in the end.
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  • CD2011CD2011 member
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    edited December 2011
    Good luck! It's definitely more worth it if it's going to mean you won't be miserable until you finish school! Sometimes I sub for the aides (or for the teacher) in special ed classrooms. It can definitely be VERY stressful, but it is also very rewarding many times!
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  • edited December 2011
    Where's your alma mater?  My Mom is a principal in a CNY district... I might be able to help!
    Student loans aren't great - but it's the only healthy debt you can have.  They are worth your sanity!

    Good luck!
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  • sbolger17sbolger17 member
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    edited December 2011
    Awesome!!  Congrats on making the decision!  I'm sure it will work itself out.  No point in being miserable for another few years.

    And $50??  Really?  That blows.
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  • kks4471kks4471 member
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    Completely agree, it's not worth being unhappy.  I couldn't work anywhere that made me want to bang my head thru the wall lol.  Good luck!!!
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  • edited December 2011
    Sorry guys that was totally a P&R.

    Liz, Jamesville DeWitt. Id totally be willing to go elsewhere, JD just happens to be a comfot zone b/c I know the teachers there.

    Sarah, Federal law says you get taxed on your tuition, so after they tax the chit out of me, health ins, etc...$50/week. And the kicker...I pay $120 every 2 weeks on my car. So in the end Im screwed! No cool.

    Danielle, I used to work with handicapped adults, I totally know the stress, but its a stress I enjoy b/c its helping people! :)

    Everyone else, thanks for the well wishes!!

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  • DubsgirlieDubsgirlie member
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    edited December 2011
    Definitely do it.  I have a friend who is a kindergarten teacher in JD (not sure what elementary school).  Where are you going to school?  Wbere did you work with handicapped adults?  I used to work at liberty resources with MR/DD adolescents. 
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  • edited December 2011
    I go to SU.

    I used to work at People Inc out in Buffalo.

    Find out where they work! I have 2 nephews starting kindergaten at Jamesville Elem in the fall! Im so excited for them! :-)

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  • edited December 2011
    Haha that was a super choppy post. Sorry. My mind is spinning today.


    **Kicker. As Im writing this I get an email saying I wasnt selected for interviews from a position at SU that I applied to early June. Awesome. I didnt even realize I was still waiting.

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