I JUST HAD A LARGE COFFEE FROM TIM HORTON’S. AHHH.
OKAY! The latest news! Charlie suggested to me that I check on Minnesota’s requirements for residency status, as non-resident tuition rates are double those for residents. So as a non-resident I’d be charged $16K/year, versus $8K/year if I were a resident. As I was reading about it, I stumbled upon an exemption for graduate students: if you hold a teaching assistantship position, you’re automatically charged resident rates. I was OFFERED A TA POSITION. I’d only be charged $8K/year! And the TA position would pay $4K! That’s a whole heck of a lot more viable an option than having to personally pay $12K/year like I thought. Yesterday I told the Minnesota woman that I wouldn’t be able to go if I had to pay the $12K/year (as McGill is a lot cheaper, even without considering the possibility of getting a TA position there). Today I had to write her back and apologize for not knowing how the system works, and tell her that I *would* be able to accept the position and attend Minnesota if I would be charged resident rates. So! That’s exciting! There is some hope! A glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel! Gold at the end of the rainbow! Greener grass on the other…okay, that’s enough.
Ow, my head hurts.