Amazing news: Due to me working in a library full-time, I qualified for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for student debt forgiveness. Which means most of my student loans (my Sallie Mae ones) are 100% forgiven. If you have a public service job, and you qualify, it could forgive your loans too. Below is more info on the program.
The information below describes the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. It includes the eligibility requirements and the process for tracking your progress toward qualifying for PSLF. This information can also be found in the PSLF Fact Sheet and the Dear Borrower Letter, which can be downloaded and printed.
- What is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?
- What must I do to have any remaining balances on my Direct Loans forgiven under the PSLF Program?
- What loans are eligible for forgiveness?
- What are on-time, full, scheduled, monthly payments?
- What is a qualifying repayment plan?
- What kinds of employment qualify?
- What is full-time employment?
- What does it mean that my 120 Direct Loan payments must be made while I am working full-time at certain public service organizations?
- How can I keep track of my eligibility?
- What should I do after I become eligible for PSLF?
On January 31, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released an Employment Certification Package to help borrowers track their progress toward qualifying for PSLF. The PSLF Employment Certification Package includes:
- Dear Borrower Letter (updated March 2014)
- Instructions for Completing Employment Certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- Employment Certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Form (available only in English)
My chemistry professor today, just out of the blue. I thought it was really apropos for all college-aged individuals. (via pineapplemountain)
Ever so true. My thirties have been soooooo much better than my twenties, and I am mightily looking forward to my forties.
Hyphen ( - )
Used to join two words into one word
- Ex: African-American, Medium-density, job-specific, etc.
“last minute” vs. “last-minute”
- “last-minute” is an adjective. [It was a last-minute save.]
- “last minute” are two words, an adjective and a noun. [Do not wait until the last minute.]
How to do it on Microsoft Word: just hit the hyphen (-) button instead of a space between words.
En-dash ( – )
Used to replace the words “to” and “through.”
- Ex: 11:50 – 12:40, Monday – Friday
How to do it on Microsoft Word: Type a space after the word, hit the hyphen button twice, space again, and then type your next word. So like: “word (-)(-) word.”
Em-dash ( — )
Used to separate phrases. Often used in place of a comma
- Ex: “The graphic design students—being both creative and rebellious—are generally difficult to control.”
How to do it on Microsoft Word: after your word, hit the hyphen button twice without spaces, then type the next word. So like: “word(-)(-)word.”
I really hope that they change that MLK joke because that wasn’t funny, and it was made even more problematic that the writers behind this ‘joke’ were mostly likely white. Like I am 90% sure they were considering the dearth of POC writers in American TV.
If you don’t understand what I was referring to, the mains of the show, Adam and Zelda (hence the show’s title) meet up for a drink a bit before halfway through the episode. Adam gets too overzealous and oversharing about possibility of meeting Zelda at a concert in 2012 and how he imagined a future with kids with that girl, which is creepy so I don’t blame Zelda for being uncomfortable (although it’s probably because he hit it on the money than being rightfully weirded out about it, I stopped watching it after the scene). Zelda shoots Adam down hard and leaves him at the bar. The bartender, feeling sorry for Adam, tells him that he’ll gave him a ‘Martini Luther King Jr.’ on the house. At first I thought that was kinda weird to use MLK like that even with the Martin = Martini idea until it hit me that the show was implying he was getting the drink because Adam was ‘shot down’. I want to think that it was maybe an overreaching on my part, but remember Adam asked Zelda if something was wrong with her drink and he thought that she ordered a Martini Narvatilova. If you are into tennis, you know who that the drink was referring to one of the all time greats, Martina Narvatilova, who is a lesbian. Now earlier in the episode, Zelda came to Wallflower, the online dating agency that Adam works at, to get a refund because she kept getting matched up with girls because the dating app thought she was a lesbian (that was hella problematic too because hearing about gross jokes about bisexual women wasn’t fun, and that uncomfortable feeling that Zelda may have gotten offended that she was matched up with girls, which is odd that, considering she could’ve called Wallflower and told her that the algorithm they were using were matching her with girls when she was straight and to fix it and refund her for the days lost, but it’s obvious the writers aren’t really well-versed on this stuff). So the line was an obvious clapback to that.
So, yeah. Using a MLK joke (or any jokes about his assassination) is in so poor taste and disrespectful. Using it to imply that someone was shot down without any thoughtful context is pretty racist. I don’t think that the writers are racist or intentionally wanted to be racist, but it doesn’t distract that the implication is there and it was a racist way of using it.
NBC has been fucking it up with their depictions of race for decades so it should be no surprise, especially as of late (having that brief spell of [great] Black sitcoms in the 80s and 90s with Cosby Show, Different World, Amen, 227 and Fresh Prince of Bel-air don’t make up for it), but that actually taken me aback because I didn’t expect that in hopefully I thought would be a cute show would do something callous like that, intentionally or not.
Hopefully they will change it although considering the show is supposed to premiere on Thursday (?), so I am doubtful. Well, it’s already too late for me. I can handle offensiveness in a show, but that’s crossing my boundaries and lost me as a potential viewer.
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