Little Death

Living in Canada and growing up the way I did, I did not have money just waiting for me to go to school. There are quite a few people who have money saved for them by family members or maybe they’re able to work themselves and save their money for when they plan to go to University, College or Trades School.

However, like a lot of Canadians, I needed student loans. There are a variety of reasons for this such as having parents who did not think that far ahead, did not have the capability to save for me to pursue post-secondary school because they were so busy just trying to survive and keep my brother and I alive. I was not able to just work and save because more often than not my money was required to go back into the house in some shape or form. So I borrowed from student loans.

I have been out of school since 2006. This November it will be 10 years since I was in University; 10 years since I tried a semester at College and wasn’t able to complete because I was just so done with the whole education scene. 10 years since I have done formal full-time education.

And I still owe $10,000.

That might not seem like a lot, but it means I’ve only paid off approximately $15,000 since I left school. They are killing me with interest. I cannot afford to pay any more than I already am. If things keep going the way they are, I can’t afford to keep paying, period.

All these financial issues that will be basically dealt with once that stupid-goddamn-fucking-annoying-as-all-hell-payment comes to us from my husbands last job. This is why I hate waiting for things. I mean, I’m naturally impatient, but it has been 4 months since he left his job. 4 months since he filled out the paperwork for the payment. 4 months when we were told it was going to take 10 weeks. And then we were told it might take an additional 10 weeks. And then we were told maybe at the end of January/beginning of February.

For the record, the letters are drafted to my members of Parliament. You don’t piss off a Sarah. Not if you want to live peacefully.


Posted by Sarah Jayne

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