Well, guess what? I'm going to be a POCS again!

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Registered: 10-26-1999
Well, guess what? I'm going to be a POCS again!
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Sat, 07-21-2012 - 10:24pm

Yep!  My younger dd and her hubby are taking classes next semester at Portland Community College.  Her dh has wanted to go back to school since they moved up there but had trouble getting into classes because it was so impacted.  He finally got into the general ed classes he needed, math and English.  Dd decided to take a couple of computer classes as well, Dreamweaver and Flash, both of which will be useful for her job. 

They are hoping to get a loan...and I'm hoping they don't!  Before she got her raise and when her dh was unemployed, they ran up their credit card.  She would like dh to get a student loan to help with their expenses - but in reality, I think she wants to pay off her credit cards with the loan so she has a much lower interest rate, and then just be frugal and pay it off with the income they now have.  I don't think that's a very good idea; just pay off the credit card now and don't get into more debt!  But they are adults and other than making the suggestions, they'll do what they want.  I don't know if they will qualify, though- he's 26 and working, and with her income they are doing a lot better now.

They do plan on moving as soon as their lease is up in October, to a cheaper place.  They were so burned out living in his dad's crappy little house when they first got married that they picked a place much larger than they need.  They can probably reduce their rent by at least $2-300/mo.

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Good for them (for going back ot school, not for wanting to take on more debt). Does your SIL know what he wants to study after his general ed classes are done?
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That's neat - will they be on campus at the same time? I think the same as you on the loan - it's easy to think that you will use the extra money to pay things off, but sometimes you just end up incurring more debt because you have more money to spend! Hopefully cheaper housing will help things out.

 

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Registered: 10-26-1999

I'm not sure SIL really knows what he wants to study.  He says he wants to be a geography major, but I think that is because he was advised to declare a major at the JC and the potential careers sounded interesting (e.g., doing mapping for the USGS or utility companies).  However, I think what he really would like to do is something involved with sports.  His dream job would probably be to be a sports journalist.  Personally, I think (and planted the seed in dd's head - which she may pass on to him in her own way) he should major in something generic and useful, like business or computers.  Right now, he's working with dd's company helping her with their website (computers...) and he has a past history of retail management.  If he makes it past community college and goes on to a 4-yr. school, he can always pursue journalism or communications.  At the 2-year level, it makes more sense to me to get the practical skills he needs in the workplace.  A degree in geography is nebulous anyway, IMO, but an AA in geography really makes little sense to me.  But - he's back in school and getting the GE's he will need no matter which direction he goes.  I think things will fall into place as he progresses - at least I hope so!

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Registered: 06-16-1998

Good for both of them, especially that SIL has gotten back in school--I'm sure that makes you very happy! I hope they don't need to take out a loan, but when dd was up there and took a class at PCC I was surprised at how much more expensive it was than a Calif CC.

I hope that they can find a decent place to live for less $$. It sounds like they are a pretty responsible young couple---I'll bet you're glad for that.