aiuonline Internet, Illinois
about less than one year ago, i was trying to research oppertunities that would allow me to further my education and still be at home to care for my newborn son. i searched the web for schools who were offering me away to accomplish this personal goal. so many just didnt seem to fit my needs. I unfortunitly learned the hard way that schools advertising things like they really care about the student and their expireance as well as their success at their school, arent always telling the truth.
now i have always been the type of person who tends to believe just about anything a person says to me because im honest and want to believe that most others are the same way. i want to trust people and as much as that is suposed to be a good quality it is a downfall. I feel like this has been the case in my experiance with this school for many reasons that at first was very confussing and stressful. the way things unfolded seemed as though it had been entirly my falt perhaps this is true for my choosing this school.
the type of things that i remember happening started for the moment i spoke to the student adviser untill the moment i stoped going. I poored my heart out to this adviser telling him everything about me and how much going to college really means to me. i even explained my lack of knowolage about the the ins and outs of how a college operates. i even explained that the speed in which i graduate is the least of my worry. what was inportant to me was actualy learning and retaining the thing im taught. i entended on puting my heart and soul into it. he really seemed to care about me sincerly and lead me to believe he was putting more effert than normal into making sure i was off with a head start.
soon after i found this was a false representation of him self. the key things that lead me to cetch on were facts like how very quickly he pushed for me to get things done like the paying the fifty dallor applacation fee before anything else. then the fact that he explained to me how wonderful his school is in his opinion it is very ecellent and most of their students love it and have a very high success rate. that wasnt all he said. sense he know how desperately i want to go to school whille still able to stay at home with my newborn he really laid on the icing telling me all about their online "virtual campus" is so wonderful and very developed...students hardly ever have issus with the computer programs it is built of. every morning maintanance shuts the intire site down for an hour just to maintan its perfection. it was also important to me that i was able to have real paper books rather than ebooks for texts books because it fit into my life style better . he said oh yeah that shoulded be a problem at all financail aid will cover it no problem. also the books i get weather paper or ebook i would be able to keep i own them after all i payed for them. there was more he went on and on....
well needless to say i jumped through every hoop and i did every thing i was required to do on time and i did it right. he had me signed up and ready to start in three days and he even had me on the virtual campus few days earily to get a head start i was excited. it didnt matter that i wasnt required to take a placement test and it didnt matter they didnt have my G.E.D transcripts yet i was in class. little werid right but i was still high on personal victory for finnally doing it. didnt catch on right then.
so im excited ready to start earily. i logg in the weekend i suposed to be able to study check out my ebooks got those cause it was to earily to have had real text books processed sent and reseaved yet but i am unable to access anything untill monday. i was disapointed. then ebook programs arent loading i lose out on time to do my assiggnments and then i find out that that two hour time difference do make a differance the one were assignments are due 12:00 but mine are due at 10:00 when your caring for baby making dinner keeping house school work and everything else. id do my assignments poll as but would end up with f**king cs because they couldnt figure out their website and fix it before i had to turn them in. i noticed that the every morning shut down didnt happen at the curtain time instead it happen randomly at odd times. and the classroom time when you get to log on a listen to you teacher give a lesson it was never an acttual lesson it was basicly an orentation reveiw instead. they said that i had to shut off my pop up blocker and my security settings had to be off i was told if my computer crashed they would fix it well it crashed and they said no they would not do it i better get a new computer some how so luckly i did. then i find out i cant get real text books unless i pay out of pocket for them myself oh yeah and when i did finnially get tech support to fix my ebook problem i noticed they would expire and wasnt able to keep them after all. then some how i was put into two major sudjects at the same time. thats when things started to really get complacated.
so i call and explain my situation they tell me that im in the accelerated rate and i cant change this permenitly but only temperarally unless i dont need aid. ok so i accept it. not to long after i end up in a very emotionial court case fighting for custody for my 10 year old and my mother is the one im in this battle against. i cant focus on my work although i am trying so i call asking for an absentce of leave only to find out their policy only grants that when someone dies. so i try tuffen it out then my boyfriend losses his job . so with all that stress and all the numerious problems with the scool i cracked and couldnt do it any more and quit after begging my teachers and school admenistration for help and guidance to get through this time of hardchip. i basically got nothing but cold sholder from them all and a thats your problem attitude from all of them.
mind you this was not everything i went through at that time there was alot more crap i delt with. mind you this all happened in a time frame of less than four mounths to give you an idea of the amount of bullshit i basicly went through. now i am past grace period for loan and afraid of enrolling into another school just as flaued and trying to keep student loans up to date without spoilling another chance to acttually go to the right school and manage getting at least my AA. I STRUGGLE every single day trying to break from a life style i was born in to and blossom into a lifestyle every parent hopes to provide for their children because i love my children that much i love them a just want to give them something more than that. ive been places people have nightmares about and i just dont a nightmare of a life for my children and i know that i have the power to pull it off not only that its up to me to. their up bringing is my responsablity and i will do what it takes for them some how. no money hungery con will ever kill that desire inside me..........
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