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Adult Learner (24), decided on the Extension school, What to expect?
I graduated from a good parochial high school with a 4.0125, mediocre SAT, and solid ECs and community service in 2014, but didn't attend college due to mental health reasons. I tried SNHU for 1 semester and found it to be poor quality and unengaging. I also attended community college for a week shortly before that and wasn't impressed (classes too easy, students disinterested in learning) in 2015. I had previously been easily accepted into 20 schools with acceptance rates of 25%-50%. In 2017, I applied and was rejected from AFI, and in 2018 I was rejected from Brown University's RUE program as a theatre major. I am currently a working professional theatre actress who gets paid to be onstage. Since I have a tight schedule during shows and I'm out of the typical age bracket, I decided against going to a traditional state or private liberal arts school. And since community colleges and other online programs like SNHU, Phoenix, and State School/CC classes online don't seem worth the money (I was preenrolled in a CC class online where the "assignments" were watching otherwise free YouTube videos and paying a lot of money to do so) I researched and registered for my first class at Harvard Extension School this past week. So far, looking at the syllabus, the course is set to be challenging and not at all like the other classes that I've taken/almost taken in the past. I'm excited to be doing real academic work again, but also a little worried. I know I must attend the live conferences and that I won't be able to work at those times, and I'm not sure how I will work regularly at all if I can get my 3 B or aboves, be admitted, and study full time. Since I waited 6 years to be able to get financial aid on my own merit, I would rely on it heavily for any courses taken if I'm admitted, but for now, I can only take the 3 classes 1 at a time, because I have to charge the full amount on my credit card. I still live at home and get fed by my family, but I do buy all of my own clothing, some groceries, and pay my general bills myself. I am on SSI Disabilty, with minor additional income from acting. My total personal income is less than $10K per year, so my EFC is zero. I just would like some insight into what to expect (from someone who has attented.) I plan to eventually study English and use HES as a means to get to graduate school for Acting, so that I will be eligible to take teaching positions in the arts or go to law school to specialize in Entertainment Law. I am still deciding. I am especially interested in Columbia's MFA/JD joint program and the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA.14 replies