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A Life Update

Hello all!

It's been a long time since I've posted here, and I've unfortunately decided to no longer write fanfiction for this fandom - I guess I lost my muse, even though I still have a soft spot for these boys and this show.

I wanted to take some time to let you know what's been happening with my life, in case anyone is actually still looking at this page and wondering where I went.

As I may or may not have mentioned previously, I was going to school at Saint Mary's University, studying to get my Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Anthropology with a double minor in History and Religious Studies (soo many people asked me why I didn't do a double major, because apparently double minors or for losers...) and I actually graduated from that program on May 15th 2015! I finished a four year program in three years, with a GPA of 3.68 and I got myself on the Dean's List, which apparently is a good thing?

Anyway, I applied to do graduate studies in Scotland and I've been accepted to go to the University of Edinburgh to do my Masters of Archaeology, which is pretty neat. The only down side? Because I'm not a resident of the UK, I have to pay an outrageous amount of money to get to the school... my tuition equals about $31,500 CAD and I'm freaking out. I have to apply for my student Visa in July, and I have to show these people that I can pay for everything up front. I've got about $10,000 in student loans, possibly another $10,000 that they'll give me in March, but other than that? No scholarships, no financial support, no nothing. I never realized how few scholarships there are for people in my situation before now - middle class, female, French-Canadian, studying ARCHAEOLOGY of all things, and choosing not to study in Canada. Yep, there's next to nothing for people like me. Thank you, Canada!

So, I've got two jobs right now (but I have to choose which one I want to keep because they both absolutely need me on the same days (ugh). I am hoping that once I tell one job that I'm not staying with them, I can get a second job working back shift some place... maybe stocking shelves? But even then, it won't be enough. You know what the sad part is? Last night, I sat in my room, cataloging what, in my room, I would be okay selling. AND I SAID YES TO THE MAJORITY OF MY STUFF... it makes me sad... because, what if I sell everything I own, and it's still not enough to get to Scotland? Then I'll be living in Canada with no possessions and no hope of getting a job in my field. Please God, don't let that happen.

I decided I would set up a GoFundMe account, just to see if there was anyone who would be willing to help a girl out. So far I've raised a whopping twenty bucks in three days and I'm feeling pretty anxious. I really don't want to stick around for the whole "aww, poor Nikki" things that'll happen if I don't end up being able to go.

For anyone who's reading this and decides they'd like to be able to help me, my GoFundMe page can be found here. I apreciate any help I can get. I might even write you a short story as repayment :P And, of course, I'll keep you all updated on what I'm doing through my Scotland blog, which can be found here.

Thank you to everyone for reading all my fanfiction (which I'll leave up here so people can continue to read if they'd like) and for sticking with me. I really do miss you guys. I did start a new fanfiction page specifically for Doctor Who, which I've just entered... it's certainly a whole different way of writing, and I don't feel I'm any good... you can find that by visiting ood_writing. Also! If anyone wants to take any of these stories and add on to them, you have my permission! I'd love to see where you take these guys ;)

Cheers!

Nikki