I’ve been attending Howard University for four years now and I am currently in my fifth year. As most of America knows, Howard’s financial aid office is a mess. I’ve been extremely lucky the past four years I’ve attended and I have not had to deal with any financial aid mishaps. Of course, by the luck of Howard, they couldn’t let me out with out any financial aid troubles.
This semester financial aid threw me for a loop. I was calling and calling because my Parent Plus Loan still had said offered, when it should have said accepted. One day I got fed up waiting and was scared all my classes would get dropped, and I decided to go in to the actual Financial Aid office. I guess, as of last year the Financial Aid Office number actually connects you to a call center instead of the actual Financial Aid Office that actually have power over your loans. The call center is a complete waste of your time and I learnt that just in time to graduate. Long story short I had to go into the Financial Aid Office to tell them to do their job about 3 times total before my issues were actually finished. Not only did I have to physically go in the office 3 times, but let me also remind you that each time I went there was a 2+ hours wait. I really don’t think I would even have gotten my loans this semester if I didn’t go in, which is so crazy to me. I really needed my refund check before October 1st because ya girls’ funds are running low and rent is about to be due.
I’m not sure if any of you know, but Howard had a huge financial aid scandal where employees were stealing money from students through the financial aid process. This was a huge upset for Howard University and it’s students didn’t take it lightly. There was a student protest for days in which students were demanding certain things from the University and actually took over the whole Administration building. People were even sleeping in there. I personally didn’t get involved because at that time I never had any serious financial issues and something like that isn’t really my scene. But power to the people, for sure.
Anyways, I got my refund check this weekend, so now ya girl is stress free…for now.
I have not always been a religious person. I grew up in a Episcopalian church in my hometown. My parents always instilled the belief of God and going to heaven one day. I wouldn’t say I had a strict religious upbringing. I have been baptized and received my confirmation in the same church I grew up in. I was actually baptized with my father, which will always be special for the two of us.
When I was swimming really competitively in high school, swimming for my club team and my high school team, it kind of took over my life in more ways than one. I was swimming 7 days a week with two practices during the week, while still in high school. When my competitive swimming got more and more intense, the less and less I would attend church. We were always at swimming competitions over the weekend that would last Friday through Sunday. There was just no time and we just never took the time for it either.
I really haven’t been actively involved with God and my faith since I went to that church as a child. There was times during high school and the beginning of my college years that I also questioned my faith. I wasn’t sure where my faith was and I was not focused on the true meaning of actually having faith.
In my opinion, you don’t necessarily have to go to church every Sunday to have faith and believe in God. This past year has been such a turning point for me and I do thank God for it. I’ve grown up and realized so many things that I had been doing that wasn’t really me and the person I had become wasn’t the person God had put me on this Earth to be. I am so thankful I got my faith back. I feel more alive than ever. I am living my best life because I have faith and know that God will not throw anything my way I can’t handle.
On another note, I take a lot of Ubers. Uber is definitely the way I survive in DC. I have my own car at home, but during my time in DC I strictly rely on Uber. I’ve never really been a public transportation type of gal. Since I spend so much time in Ubers, I’ve realized I’ve been doing a lot of praying in them. They are the best, most quiet atmosphere that I’m able to strictly think only about God and pray for myself and the people I love. The point of this post I am sharing with you, is that if you have faith, it doesn’t matter where you do your worship. But take time to thank God for what you have and who you have in your life. Even during your Uber rides.