I left Pitt in 2007 due to being too poor. I attempted to go back in 2008 but had outstanding tuition that I couldn’t pay. Eventually it just made more sense to wait until I was 24 to try to go back. I had actually given up hope on going back to Pitt. I wasn’t sure how it worked, I thought maybe I’d have to reapply and as my record wasn’t very stellar the first time around I figured they wouldn’t take me.
While talking to Keith about going back to school, he asked where I’d go. I admitted that I didn’t think Pitt would take me back and he encouraged me to call and find out what the requirements were. Thinking about going back to school somewhere else secretly depressed me. I understood that it was irrational so I just silently plugged along, looking at other schools.
When the girl on the phone from Pitt told me it was just a 45$ fee, I didn’t believe her. I called a different office and asked the same question and got the same response. I was ecstatic. But suspicious.
I had them mail me the required paperwork and Wednesday of last week they cashed my check. Still suspicious, I called on Thursday. The lady on the phone seemed really annoyed that I was calling a day after they cashed my check and informed me I’d be getting something in the mail.
Until I held that paper in my hand, I thought there must be some kind of fluke and something was messed up. But Friday I got that letter. And yesterday I got stuff about my email address. So now I must call and meet with an advisor and then I am all set to start part-time in the fall. I may eventually take some time off from work to go back full-time, but it’s all baby steps right now.
I WILL graduate before I’m 30! I am SO excited! More excited than getting accepted to Pitt the first time, because I’m finally an adult now and know what I want.