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.