A trend that has started since my class has been mandated to be in attendance at a course similar to our "Doctoring" courses during 1st and 2nd years. Essentially the executive body of the class has taken this opportunity (as they rightfully should) to talk to us about dues, class gifts, monetary "responsibilities", etc. since we're all together - perhaps for the last time before graduation.
Fine. I would do the same. What's upsetting me, though, is the amount of money that's being asked for and how often I've been asked to give to some charity, event, dues, or other item. It's beginning to get really upsetting as I'm budgeting to make it through July with little to no money to spare.
Thus far I've been asked to pay dues of almost $200, to pay for a dinner for my AOA induction ceremony (which I'll attend of course), to give to various clubs and charities, asked to consider committing to 4-5 years of a monthly donation in regards to a class gift, and have been told about the commencement invitations and cap/ gowns we have to purchase in the very near future. Let's not even consider the fact that I'll have moving expenses, licensing fees, and a host of other forseeable and unforseen costs in a few months that are more pressing and concerning to me than a lot of these "extravagances".
I'm about to lose it.
I haven't graduated yet, received a fucking paycheck yet, or even know if I'll have a job yet and the vultures are already at my door. What I find is that this makes me less inclined to give anything - because I'm freaking out.
***Addendum*** Now, since I just attended an AOA meeting the other day and I was told about the dues, dinner, and other events that are quickly approaching I freaked out a bit. I'm planning on paying for this society since I worked hard to get accepted and know the priviledge that's involved. The other stuff, though, is getting a little ridiculous. It's like they can sense our student fees are slipping out of their grasp and it's a last ditch attempt to get anything from us.
And as far as freaking out about my, ahem, upcoming divorce? Let's not be jerks, shall we?