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This is not my life. I don't deserve any of this. Dad drank himself to death 20 years ago. He owned a topless bar. My stepmother stole every penny that he left for me. I was raised by a single mom who in recent years has become really hard to get along with. We have no choice currently but to share a tiny 1 bedroom apt. We CONSTANTLY fight...BAD. She's a waitress. I never had the chance to go to college. All my friends did. Now they are married/cops/civil servants etc. I guess that stuff wasn't for me. I read ANY and ALL textbooks I can find in the dumpsters at NYU. I am obsessed with furthering my education. I've had 40 articles published. I'm 35 years old. I am stuck working back-breaking, blue-collar jobs and I have had at least 50 over the years. The people who are supposed to be my peers only talk about t**s&beer. They read Maxim while I read Vanity Fair&Popular Science. I could step into ANY entry level publishing job with confidence but they won't see me without the Bachelors.

Asked By: B. CuzICan - 9/17/2006
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First of all, do not I repeat DO NOT give in to despair and the like. Bitterness, anger, frustration, etc. can be transformed and channeled to work FOR you. Self-pity, after licking the woulds, only spirals you downward... More
Answered By: katydint - 9/17/2006
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Print out this information and take it to the dean/guidance office at NYU. They will help you get college credit for the knowledge you've gained on your own, and then, as an adult student, you can qualify for a job as an intern at a publishing house... More
Answered By: nora22000 - 9/17/2006
 
hey life's a b****h. Thats just the way it goes. I scored one of the top scores in my school on my ACT, was in all honors classes my freshman year, had top grades and last year i had to drop out cause life didnt go the way it was supposed to. I could have been a doctor or anything else i wanted to be, now i'm stuck... More
Answered By: prettygirl_angel2007 - 9/17/2006
 
It sounds like you are a smart individual... More
Answered By: alissae02690 - 9/17/2006
 
It sounds to me that you would qualify for a Pell Grant for college. Most college's have testing out for some of the required classes in the field you are looking at. You have the desire, so just go in the admissions office and make it happen. You may also qualify for student housing. You can change your stars!!! Best... More
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Answered By: warandpeace - 9/17/2006
 
i just want u to know that life is really hard n ur right n i know how u feel but if i were u id follow my heart n my mind n do whatever i see its right no mater what n how or where just do it n trust ur self n remember that nothing can stop u n its not too late for anything forget the past n start now again n keep on... More
Answered By: leb&proud - 9/17/2006
 
i feel for u , man... i can understand your frustations. my mother and i don't get along either (actually, she doe'n't like me) and i am tired of trying to be frieds w/ her...any way. i am proud of u for still trying, that''s the secret, don't give up...i believe that if u really want something, u can get it. it may... More
Answered By: silkydrika - 9/17/2006
 
What did response did your published articles generate. Have you applied to these publishers and what was their response? Your resume is building... More
Answered By: The Global Community - 9/17/2006
 
look, i'm sorry that you have to go through all this. you're right and you really don't deserve this. first of all, just move out if you don't get along with your mom. you're 35, stick with the jobs you have so you can afford your own place. or you can stay with your friends for a while. work as many jobs as you can to... More
Answered By: dreamer - 9/17/2006
 
Your priority goal is to get that piece of paper. Apply for a Government student loan and study on line at your spare time. You will make it.
Answered By: Timothy Summer - 9/17/2006
 
Listen to nora22000
Answered By: John-Paul C - 9/17/2006
 
First, I would move out. Living with your mom sounds like it's bringing you down, and you need to keep a positive mental state if you're going to effect the big changes in your life you want and, yes, deserve... More
Answered By: monkey - 9/17/2006
 
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