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I'm going to college this year, no more procrastinating. The problem I'm running into is money. I have none. I don't have a job yet, and I haven't had a job since finishing high school because of problems with depression/anxiety, plus just having a very weak resume. While I'm looking for work now, I am also looking for scholarships and grants, and if I have to (and I will) loans.

My plan is to eventually get a B.S. in animal science, equine assisted therapy option at Texas Tech.

I will be going to the financial aid office after I've applied to school (I don't know yet whether I'm going to community college first or straight to Tech), but in the meantime I'm searching everywhere I can for financial aid. I've found very few that I could qualify for. I need some assistance and advice. Thanks.
 

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Do you compete at all? Most Associations have at least small scholarships that they give out every year.
 

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I wish I did, but I've never ridden competitively. Just never had the opportunity :-|.
 

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I hate to say it, but it's going to be rather difficult for you to pay for school without a job.

My best advice would be to call you schools financial office and see if they have grants available, payment plans, how much the tuition is.

Scholarships are typically earned. You need to either demonstrate academic excellence, volunteer work, show outstanding athletic ability, etc. it's something to be earned, not given out.
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Oh, I know that SlideStop. That's why I've been looking, and I'm going to continue to look once I'm in school. I've just found that it's EXTREMELY hard trying to find a job without prior work experience or a car in this economy.

I also know that about scholarships. Luckily, I did very well when I was in school; academics and test scores aren't a problem. I've been working on volunteering where I can find it, but I don't know how I can turn that into an opportunity for a scholarship. No athletic ability, but I do have a few skills and attributes that may get me a scholarship. I don't know. :?
 

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Unless you have connections, I'd take any job you can and work your way up the food chain.
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That's my plan :-|.

I don't want to be all "poor me", but this job hunt is wearing me down. Maybe it's not the job hunt so much as my anxiety/depression and how that affects the job hunt. Well, whatever right?

Anywho, I still need to find scholarships, because even if I were to get a job right now, I wouldn't be able to make enough to pay for school entirely.
 

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You'll never get anywhere if you let it get in your way. It's normal to feel anxious over looking for a job, going for an interview, etc. everyone goes through it.
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I'll try not to. I'm just a bit tired is all. I've been looking for about two years.

It's more than just being a bit nervous about turning in an application or a job interview. I've been struggling for years, and I only recently got a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I'm not using this as an excuse, don't get me wrong, I just need to clarify. I'm working through it, and I'm trying not to let it get in my way, but it has significantly inhibited my ability to function.
 
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