Well, that is a question that I do not have an answer to. Why did I drop classes at the local community college 15 years ago? Really. This is a question that I have to answer in order to be given the Pell Grant that I have been approved for so I can go back to school. I think maybe I had a job or I transferred to Rutgers University. I know I did both but for the life of me I can not remember exactly when it happened. Please, I have 3 kids, I am lucky to remember what I did 15 minutes ago.
So now, I have to write a letter (which I did) and include proof to an appeal committee. So I ask the woman in the financial aid department, what proof is needed. I have my transcript from Rutgers. She tells me that this is not acceptable, but include it anyway. She then tells me to include my tax returns from 1998. REALLY. I don’t have that, and I checked in the IRS website, neither do they. Ya see, they destroy all documents after 7 years have gone by. So what then I ask her. Get a letter from your adviser. OK, I have an appointment tomorrow. So I will ask.
Because I can’t just have a normal freaking day. Because I can’t just register for classes like anyone else. Because I am really supposed to remember why I dropped classes when I was 18. Because this community college (that I pay taxes for) is really going to stop ME from bettering myself and my kids lives for something that was done 15 years ago. Welcome to my life.