I officially am no longer a Campus Crusade for Christ staff member as of August 1st. I will no longer be receiving the whopping paychecks that come with being on staff, nor will I be accustomed to the lavish lifestyle that is Crusade. Gone are the days of buying TVs at my every whim. Gone are the opportunities to eat at the finest dining establishments Gainesville has to offer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Gone is the designer clothing and shopping at the specialty clothing stores that seem to only sell 17 pieces of clothing, each for over $1,000. Gone is the ability to literally burn cash in my fireplace, which is a ritual I began in the early days of staff life.
All of these are being given up because I will be a student again.
Now the picture I painted of my financial situation on staff may not be completely accurate, but in comparison to a student's financial freedom it could come off as such.
So now I am in search of a job. I was reading one of my favorite blogs--one I also highly suggest you check out--Justin Taylor's Between Two World and in it was a reference to this website that drew my attention immediately as it somewhat applies to what I will begin next month. The website is aptly called, Going To Seminary. I thought to myself, "This sounds like something I might be interested in," so I clicked the link and checked it out for a bit. My first reaction was, "This guy stole my idea," because I had been thinking about doing something very similar throughout my seminary career. Then I saw a section called "Money" and my thought quickly turned into "I need that stuff." I scrolled around there for a little bit and stumbled upon a suggestion about working at UPS while in school. Apparently UPS has this program called the Earn and Learn Program where I could receive up to $3,000 in scholarship money, get paid fairly decently, and eventually get benefits!
I filled out an application today, so UPS may be knocking on my door in the near future...and hopefully the package is filled with dolla' dolla' bills, y'all.
By His Grace.