Okay, per some suggestions I’ve received from various people (it was helpful in realizing what’s available) I made up a to-do list:
1)Look up Gallaudet visiting student information and guidelines
2)Look up classes I can take that could apply for my English major
3)Find out if these classes can transfer to my university.
4)Talk with Financial Aid to see if they can put a “hold” on my scholarships (if I miss a semester or fall below full time, I could lose the scholarship). Or if my scholarships can transfer, just as it would for exchange students. Note: If they can’t hold or transfer my scholarships, if visiting Gally would mean losing the scholarships, well, that would call the whole thing off. Unless I do it in my 2nd year Senior year, when my scholarships run out.
5) Find out if I can get financial aid or scholarships from Gallaudet?
6) Tuition there at my university’s tuition rate? (Believe it or not…it’s about the same price, but I have to double check)
5) Find out what I need to do for FAFSA, to continue (or increase) my loans. Do I input my university, or do I put down Gallaudet (even if I do it for only a semester)?
6)Find out the total cost of attending for one (maybe two?) semesters.
7)Save up money.
8)See if I can count Gallaudet for my Honors program…perhaps joining Gally’s Honors Program would count toward my minimum of one honors class a semester req?
9)Talk to my English advisor, see if I can get the English classes to transfer. Talk to my Creative Writing advisor, see if I can not take a writing class that semester
10)Talk to my employer, see if I can do a leave of absence for a semester (or two?) and then return to my job when I get back.
11)See if I can get a temp. library job at Gallaudet?
12) Gallaudet dorms? req. for that? I hope I can get a dorm, because a) it’s cheaper and b) safer than an apartment. Plus it’s better for immersion 🙂
13) Application process. If I try for Fall of 08, how soon do I need to apply? Or Spring of 09? (I hope fall, because of Sign Language week!)
14) Once I find out everything, talk to my parents. They’re pretty adversive to anything that might cost more. Plus I don’t know how they would feel about me trying to be more “Deaf”. After all, they put a lot of effort into raising me (hearing). I don’t grudge them that, but I do feel the need to balance it out. I just don’t know how they would react.
16) Save up money.
17) Go. (if all works out 🙂 )
Plus whatever little steps I have to do, like pack and see if I can take my car, and transfer my prescription, etc. I hope it works out like I want it to.