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It’s Official!

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Caitlin Collom

Well it’s official.  I received my Acceptance Letter from the University of Aberdeen by email today!! 

“I am pleased to inform you that your application for admission as a postgraduate student to the University of Aberdeen was approved on behalf of the Senate today.”  *Jumping for joy*

I have to try not to get too excited though.  I still have a long way to go before it’s official official official ( :  My next step is to apply for US Federal Aid called the FAFSA.  My only chance (unless by some miracle I win the lottery) is to get student loans.  The FAFSA has never been my favorite process, but I am hoping to recieve enough aid since I do not have to file my parents financial information this year.  I am considered an independent since I will be starting a Master’s Degree program. 

The FAFSA is a US Federal Financial Aid program that helps give out student loans to those in need to fund their education.  If you are under 24 years old and applying for a degree such as an Associates or a Bachelors you have to include your parents income on the application.  For many people this is more of a hindrance, because for a lot of people, their parents are not able to support/fund their studies.  If the FAFSA shows you and your parents make “too much” money then it limits the amount of student loans you are eligible for.  Unfortunately this only looks at income and not outcome. This is what happened to me and why I had to stay local while going to school.  I’m not saying this was  a bad thing.  I was lucky to recieve my degree where I did and for as little as it cost me.  But I am ready to branch out and experience more of this world!  I really feel that this is going to happen for me. 

I’m remembering to take this one step at a time and to stay positive.  I’ll be very busy this weekend making sure I email back the documents accepting my offer and making sure I fill out the FAFSA right.  This is going to be a time consuming process.  Once I apply for the FAFSA I have to call them and have them mail my results to me so that I can mail them to Aberdeen.  Then of course, wait while Aberdeen reviews the documents and lets me know what I qualify for.  I get so impatient!  I love to plan and it makes it hard when I have no idea if I’ll be in a different country in seven months.

In other news, I have been trying to keep my mind off of school by keeping busy at work and hanging out with friends.  Just yesterday my friends and I went and competed in a karaoke contest.  I have apparently qualified for a chance to compete in a national karaoke contest with a prize of $5000.  I also didn’t read the rules, so I have to wait for an information packet to explain exactly what I have gotten myself into.  It would be awesome to have the chance to win that money though!  I certainly could use it for my studies.  Wish me luck and I’ll keep everyone posted!

Caitlin

17 Responses to “It’s Official!”

  1. tejula Says:

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  2. Keith Says:

    Congratulations Caitlin!

  3. Mehnaz Says:

    Hey, congratulations Caitlin! I’m also going to apply for a postgraduate programme to Aberdeen. Keeping my fingers crossed… :D Btw, how long did they take to send the acceptance email?

  4. Caitlin Collom Says:

    Thank you! What program are you applying for? I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for you. Aberdeen did not take very long at all on my application. They recieved it on Jan 27 and they sent me an acceptance e-mail on Feb 16th! But, I have a friend who has applied to Aberdeen as well and she sent her application a week before I did and she still has yet to hear back. On the website they say 4-6 weeks. I may have just gotten lucky with 3 weeks. Good Luck and let us know the good news!

  5. The London Study Says:

    Caitlin

    Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing this information to us. Though I didn’t complete my Undergraduation yet but I hope I’ll apply for this someday.

    Best of luck for National Karaoke contest.

    Regards
    Nazir

  6. Hands On Says:

    Congratulations.

    You were a little lucky with 3 weeks but from our experience applications don’t all follow the same path through the university and even though your friend applied first it doesn’t surprise me she didn’t get the decision first. I have even heard a University Admissions Office staff member tell an applicant ‘well your friend’s application must have been in the other basket’ when questioning about the very same issue.

    Good luck and hope you enjoy Aberdeen.

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