I’m now almost halfway through my second semester at college, which may not seem like a lot, but to me, it’s quite the achievement. Mainly because I never thought in a million years that I would ever go to college and also because I was a wee bit scared crapless to face it. Well, thus far it’s not quite as scary as I thought except in one aspect: the price.
Even though the community college I’m attending is the cheapest one around (yes, that’s why I chose it) it is still costing big bucks for each semester. It makes me admire the determination of those who attend universities for years and years and are willing to face those mounting money numbers. I couldn’t do that.
However, since I don’t have a job yet, even the community college costs are making me groan. I really do need a job. And regardless of what people may think, I really do WANT one, too. A job means income. Income means some freedom. Some freedom means more independence. More independence means my own life including my own place and the ability to pay for expensive things I really want.
See what I mean? Job = good thing.
I’ve turned in applications just about everywhere I can think of. No response yet. Is there really no place in the world for a young woman who honest to goodness wants to interact with people and provide quality customer service? Come on now. I’ve decided to pull out the big guns and I’m now doing a nine day novena to Saint Joseph the Worker. If anyone can help me find a job, it’s him.
If he CAN help me out and I DO get a job, I have one main thing that I’m working towards to reward myself for everything: a Florida vacay.
What am I rewarding? Well, I’ll probably be going in a few years so… my college graduation! Not to mention figuring my own self out, gaining self confidence again, and just being happy to live life. All good things to celebrate, if you ask me.
So what will my dream vacay consist of? Four words: Wizarding World with BFFs. (So that last one isn’t really a word. Sue me.) I’m a recent addition to the fandom of Harry Potter, but boy oh boy did it hit me hard. I think it’s safe to say that I’m a Potterhead now; granted I’m still learning. But I know enough to know that I love this series, and I want to experience the Wizarding World. But to get down there and enjoy everything costs money.
SEE why I want a job???
I did a little bit of (extremely extremely) rough calculating today and got some numbers to keep in mind if I want to really go to the WW.
First of all, a flight from Detroit to Orlando averages about $400. Yeah… ouch right there. Of course that depends on when I go and how long I stay, so that can be flexible. But probably not by much.
Transportation is another big issue. Thing is, if I decide to stay at a hotel, I’ll need to rent a car to get me between the hotel and the theme park. Because somehow, I doubt that I will be allowed to camp out in the Three Broomsticks, though I’d gladly take that chance up. To rent a car for a week? ….$300. Yeah, seriously! I think that’s an insane amount to pay for one vehicle. Maybe that’s just me though. However, if I pay a bit more for a vacation package, I’ll have transportation provided between the hotel and the parks. Which means I’d only have to pay for a cab from the airport, which seems to be coming up at around $55. Seems a bit high to me, again. But at any rate, it’d be under $100. And then of course, the ride back to the airport.
All this leads into the main event: the MAGICAL EPIC PARK ITSELF. Apparently prices are about $40 per person per day. Or you can get a package price at about $315 per adult, including access to the parks and lodging AND free breakfast at the Three Broomsticks (I wonder what witches and wizards eat for breakfast), for three or four days. Is it just me, or does that seem like a much better price?
Then there’s going to need to be a couple hundred taken into account for simply SPENDING! You better believe that I want to get a pink Pygmy Puff, and a birch wood wand (because it’s the closest to Balsa wood… inside joke). Then I’m sure there’s other random things I will want to pick up.
So, put everything together, and I’m guessing this is going to be about a $1,000 trip. DA-UMN. What does that huge number say? It repeats only one thing…
SEE why I need a JOB???
Someone. Please. Hire me. I need to go to Wizarding World.