- January 29, 2017
- Posted by: jls
- Category: Advice, News
I cannot imagine being in a PhD program, and learning that my funding would be cut due to Federal grant cuts.
I cannot imagine going through the difficulty of finding housing in a place I’d never been to before only to not make it past the airport.
I cannot imagine saving my stipend for a plane ticket to my home country over winter break only to be told I was no longer welcome back.
I cannot imagine the fear, sorrow, and anger I would feel if facing the possibility of not being able to complete a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD through no actions of my own.
When I started graduate school, I drove from San Francisco to Idaho with my clothes, computer, sheets, and my two dogs. A few large boxes were shipped to the rented room I’d secured through Craigslist. I paid for the expenses of this move on a credit card, having cut a temporary job short so that I could arrive in Idaho on time for my mandatory teacher training. I wouldn’t receive my stipend for another few weeks, which would eventually give me approximately $900 to live on, after taxes. Still, getting a fully funded MFA was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and I knew that I needed to make whatever sacrifices I could to complete the program. Without funding, there was no way I could have pursued a higher degree.
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