It deeply grieves me to say that I won’t be able to go on the off-campus Mexico trip this December. At this point you’re probably asking: Why, Sarah? Why aren’t you going on the two week, fun-filled, journal-tastic fiesta? The answer, my friends, is simply: money. I knew it wouldn’t be a cheap trip, but I didn’t realize it would be that expensive.
The tuition for the “Writing About Place” class is going to be $3000, which I fully expected, and am sure that my scholarship would cover it. Then it comes to the $3500 in travel and accommodation fees, which just seems astronomically high. Plus you’d want to have about $500 extra for spending (margarita) money. So that brings us to a grand total of $7000. Wow.
At first I considered possibly taking out a loan for the $4000 fees and worrying about it later. I already have a bunch of loans anyway, what could a little more hurt? But really, it’s just a bad idea altogether.
I received a suggestion from a very good friend who said, “Why not just wait until you’ve graduated,and then go on a trip?” That does make a bit more sense to me, that way I can travel student-style, stay in hostels and save money.
I guess my dreams of writing the next “Eat, Pray, Love” are crushed for now. But I’ll be able to do some travel writing once I’ve graduated in the spring.
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Why, Sarah, why?! I’m crushed. You know, if you get accepted, you can apply for a scholarship to help pay for the costs. AND, Blaine was saying Friday that he didn’t think the costs would really be that much. You can purchase your plane ticket on your own, for example (perhaps with frequent flier miles).