Change in attitude could help alleviate financial woes

By Gianna Shikitino
November 12, 2009

The end is near for the fall 2009 semester, as we all wait for these long four weeks to pass us by. Many of us, if not all, are excited for the holiday season. It’s a wonderful time of year where people give without expectation of receiving, especially to those less fortunate.

Well, in the sense of that thought, wouldn’t you expect your college to give back to students financially? Of course not.
Even though private institutions have been ripping off students for years, they would never grant you with any sort of compensation.

Even though in the predicament, we as students who are struggling with payments are the “less fortunate.” Now listen, I’m not asking for my 40 grand back, I’m just asking that the business office be a little more people-friendly during the holiday season, I mean, during all seasons.

And yes, I’ll be the first to say it aloud (or at least in text) that I am fed up with seeing that I cannot register semester after semester due to a hold on my record. Come on now, let’s be real. It’s not like I have money to throw in the faces of the tuition management collectors, because getting a loan is impossible due to the not improving economy, and trust me I’ve tried.

The point I want to make is this, just because we go to a private Catholic institution that is highly recognized for numerous accomplishments, doesn’t mean that we need to be talked down to by the business office.

I don’t appreciate having my feelings hurt by being insulted just because I cannot make a payment on time. They should know that times are tough and many students, if not most, pay for college or are not provided with financial help from both their mom and dad. It’s sad enough that my mom works here and I can’t even get a discount because she’s “part-time.”

I don’t need the business office to tell me that they cannot do anything for me in order for me to register to take classes for next semester. Instead, I would be thankful if they could offer help, rather than make me feel hopeless.

They should change their attitude and find ways for students to apply for extra financial help, grants and scholarships since they know the ins and outs of all this stuff. I mean, that’s their job, right? To be kind to the students of Cabrini when they’re in need of help and assistance.

With all the stress we face with our classes and other responsibilities, we don’t need anymore negative attention. To the workers of the business office, I ask respectfully if you could try to take this into some consideration.

I assure you that if you would be a little less intimidating and a little more helpful, then you’ll feel the giving holiday spirit.

Gianna Shikitino

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