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Residue of Student Woes

2015.08.13 Personal 8 Comments

Ah the dreaded student loans. Yes, unfortunately I have some. I graduated in June, but I’m still job hunting, and waiting to hear back from the few places I did well interviewing. In June, I got hit with a loan payment, due a few days after my graduation commencement date. I paid from the last 2-3 months of paychecks from my school job, sans whatever I had to fork over for tuition.

I was pretty annoyed they hit me with a payment the month I was graduating, not even giving me a bit of time to find a job first. But strangely enough the next month, in July, they did not bill me. I thought maybe they were getting the deferment back on schedule.

But to be safe, I regularly checked my account, and still it said I owed $0.00 for my next payment. The last time I checked was earlier this week. Still the nice $0.00 due.

A few minutes ago I got an email from MyFedLoan telling me I have a bill. I was disappointed but hoped they were billing me for September, but nope, around past 11 PM, on August 13, 2015, they wanted me to know I had a due payment on August 15, 2015, a Saturday.

If I hadn’t hooked my email up on my phone, maybe I might have missed the email until late Friday night, or even Saturday, thereby missing a payment.

I just can’t believe they have a system in which they would alert you 2 days before your payment was due that you in fact had a payment.

Who ever came up with their system sure has a great big heart.

I hope I’m not making a big deal out of this, but I do think it’s extremely unfair they notified me out of the blue, on such a short notice when the previous month I was still in deferment. I don’t even want to think about the consequences of me failing to pay because I didn’t realize I had a payment due.

I’ll pay my loan off ASAP as soon as I land a job, but until then, it would be nice if I could be treated with an ounce of respect from them, but that’s probably too much to ask.

Balancing Act

2015.04.29 Personal 4 Comments

Oops, I let school and life take over a little too much. The short version is I’m on my last quarter of classes and I’ve got 3 weekly labs, homework, and 2 quizzes a week, and a senior project I’m kind of procrastinating on.

The computer science department usually gets its share of weird people, and most of them are fine, but being a tutor and having to deal with all of them can sometimes be a pain. Unfortunately the number of guys who smell funny is getting to me. And what’s more annoying are the people who put zero effort in learning how to code, but will go to the walk-in lab expecting tutors to write their homework for them…

It’s dealing with all that which can make you appreciate people who do take it seriously and learn and do well.

But in general, this all makes me think, “do these people think this will work out in the real world?” No one’s going to hold your hand if you’re not willing to put the effort in yourself. Worst yet are the people who straight up just copy and leech off people. Those losers who will sit close to you and literally copy every line of code you write, until you catch them and move to a different seat. If you need help, ask. Don’t just crane your neck over and spy off people’s computers.