Shit's been straight-up percolating for me. Lots to be excited about. I just got word that I was accepted to Towson University's Honors College, despite dropping out of college 4 years ago and tanking my GPA as a result. I guess my personal statement was persuasive -- I spoke about my journey discovering AmeriCorps, traveling the country, and finding meaning through community service. It's a huge validation to finally see evidence that some institutions truly do seek out an atypical applicant who doesn't conform to the straight path. I can't wait to blow the doors off their expectations.

And I've hesitated to share this next bit of news with pubski because it hasn't solidified yet. But I might be buying a house! There's a low-income subsidy attached to a specific house in Baltimore that's just absolutely stunning. It's a tiny rowhome, 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom, in a borderline neighborhood. But it's part of a program to boost local property values and help poor households. The house is a total gut-and-remodel. It was sold to a previous owner at the height of the real estate bubble and foreclosed on a few years ago, standing vacant ever since. I actually learned that the subsidy is part of the original American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the stimulus bill. Who would've guessed that I would be a direct beneficiary of the program enacted while I was a senior in high school.

Anyways, there was a shitload of paper flying around but that's pretty much all done, and it's in the hands of the bank and subsidy compliance officer. I should learn if this will happen one way or another in the next week (fingers crossed).

posted by pubski: 536 days ago