The Gauntlet Challenge- Explanation

I failed. I know I did. 

It’s not that I wasn’t learning something new every day, but I failed to post about it. 

I plan to do it again, obviously not in the official contest, though. 

I want to post a new blog every day. I think I should start out with posting something every week, though. Or maybe I can cut it somewhere down the middle and post three or four times a week. 

My mind is constantly racing- thinking about something. I generally have a thought that seems fairly small, but it will lead to something else, and something else, etc., until I’m questioning the something massive. 

These are the things I want to post about. 


The Gauntlet Challenge- Day Eight

So, I worked at my regular job this morning/afternoon, and then at my second job this afternoon/evening/night. As a result, I had to learn something new on my phone instead of my computer, usually while sweet Mrs. W. (the 92 year old who I care for) napped. 

These are links to what I was researching today:


I actually looked at many others, but these two were the only ones I remembered to save for reference. They were the main interest anyway. 

I was trying to consider majors, you see. I think a career with the FBI as an intelligence analyst would be challenging, enjoyable and good for humanity. I’m kind of going to put it on the back burner, so to speak, and consider it later. 

The relevant section of the second link is the part about psychological profiling. I’ve been interested in profiling for a while now, basically ever since I realized I was good at it. This is the first site I’ve found that actually specifies some of the requirements. 

I’m also very interested in genetics. I’ll look into that another day. I’ve had friends tell me that I shouldn’t become a scientist because I would be a mad scientist…. What other kind is there? 😉 

The Gauntlet Challenge- Day Five

I can be a student and still have fun! How great is that?! 

Groupon is a site that offers daily deals for a wide variety of things. My favorite that I’ve seen so far is a manatee snorkeling tour!!! How thrilling! 

Sorry, got a little excited. I think I’m going to like Groupon, though. I, naturally, picked the first thing I could enjoy as well as learn from. I’ve always been interested in marine biology. 

Of course, the manatee tour is 3 hours away from me, so it would be something to plan a road trip for. 

I don’t know if I can post a link to this site because you have to sign up with your email and physical address so that they can offer deals in your general area. However, I’m sure you can go to just to see what it’s about.

Now this one is fantastic. I wish I’d known about Google Scholar much sooner. I can guarantee I’ll be using this whether I’m in school or not. 

Google Scholar can help you find legitimate sources for research papers. You can use it to search for “scholarly articles, excerpts, and documentation.” 

On a side note, someone at work challenged me yesterday. She basically called me crazy for enrolling in college now in the midst of losing my roommate, working two jobs and getting my hours cut in one. I get it. It seems like terrible timing. But when exactly is good timing? Prior to now, I delayed because I was still adjusting to my new situation here. Before that, I delayed because I didn’t have a car or access to anything. Before that, the list goes on and on, and frankly just gets worse. There is never going to be a perfect time. I am 25 years old and ready to take charge of my own life right now. I know I can do this and no one can tell me different. 

Maybe I am crazy. I’m going to be juggling two jobs, an exercise routine that I’ve just committed to with someone, school, roommate search, and multiple art projects in my attempt to sell and make enough money to afford rent on my own. And that’s just a list of the bigger things. I still think I can do it. And if my life has taught me anything, it is that with determination and perseverance I can reach my goals.

The Gauntlet Challenge- Day Two

Today I am trying to familiarize myself with FAFSA. 


As I began, I realized that I’ve been calling it FASFA instead of FAFSA. Good example of how little I know about it. I was going to correct my error in a previous post, but I am supposed to be basically bearing all of my ignorance here, so I left it as it was. 

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In order to apply, I will need general things such as my driver’s license and social security card, as well as all financial records from the previous year (W-2 forms, stocks, bonds, bank statements, etc.). Obviously this makes sense. Also, students must apply for a PIN, which will serve as an electronic signature. It takes one to three days for the PIN to register. I applied for my PIN the other day when I began this process. 

SAR: Student Aid Report 

EFC: Expected Family Contribution 

After completing the FAFSA process, I should receive my SAR. I’ll have to review it and make sure all of the information is correct, and submit any corrections if it is not. The EFC is basically a needs analysis. It will show where I stand in comparison to the rest of the nation. My selected school will use the information I submit to determine my financial aid award. They may request documents for proof, which I’ll need to send immediately in order to avoid delays in my financial aid decision.



That’s all for now! 

I’ve had a very long day today and I am admittedly kind of proud of myself for accomplishing as much as I have. And also for not delving into the TV the very instant I got home… haha. Now it’s time for dinner, because I’m starving. 

New Endeavor

I know I’ve been absent for quite some time, but I have returned now and am reevaluating my life.


My beautiful ex-fiance forcefully encouraged me to go back to college. Sometimes you need someone in your life who won’t take your excuses. I haven’t been very happy with things lately. My roommate/best friend moved out and now lives too far away for me to visit. I was saving money to go back to college when this happened, but then had to spend it on rent because I no longer had a roommate to cover the other half. I have failed at finding a new roommate… repeatedly. I have no friends currently because I’m apparently too intelligent for them all and they “can’t keep up.” And my boss has decided to cut everyone’s hours in the midst of all this. Nonetheless, I am going back to school. I’m too intelligent to be scrubbing toilets for a living, and as for money… well, I will figure it out as I go. In terms of school, FASFA is a good place to start.

As some of you know, I was homeschooled. As a result, I did not learn anything about college and haven’t received any of the usual preparation that most people get. That makes going back to school more difficult for me than others.

I happened upon this blog with a great challenge. Here’s the link to it:

I’ve decided to join the contest and challenge myself to learn something new about college every day. The timing is perfect because I just began the FASFA enrollment process yesterday, which is the first step.

For the next 30 days (at least), I will post a new blog every day tracking my progress. This is actually going to be quite embarrassing for me because I will be learning things that most 15 year olds already know, and sharing it all with the world. Oh well, everyone starts somewhere. I’m just starting at 25 instead of 15.

Wish me luck!