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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:03 pm
by dks
Saturn wrote:As for me, I'm content to learn what I can myself, in my own time and at my own pace, not under the immense and dangerous pressure of formal education.


I commend you for that, Stephen--true self education requires an enormous amount of discipline and drive (ie. Keats!)--you certainly have that. And I equally commend my grad school sisters on this forum--a remarkably intelligent female mind is a wondrous thing... :!:

There's too many folks out there who toil away at a degree (or degrees) and leave university only to never again open a book or endeavor to learn a nugget or two of anything outside their line of work. I know loads of people like that.

Obviously, I haven't studied my rear off to earn the bucks--I say this emphatically while I sit in my classroom and watch my students take their Frankenstein exam--the one I stayed up until 1am making for them--and the alarm rang at 5am--as dreadfully usual. :shock:

I, too, dream of winning a pile of money. But whenever I think about using it to pay off all of my multitudinous student loans, I try to train myself to quickly divert my thoughts to dream vacations or favorite local charities. On the proverbial list of enjoying life while it lasts and helping others less fortunate, Sallie Mae comes savagely last...
:!:

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:18 pm
by Saturn
dks wrote:On the proverbial list of enjoying life while it lasts and helping others less fortunate, Sallie Mae comes savagely last...
:!:


This reference I don't understand. :!:

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:23 pm
by Malia
Saturn, Sallie Mae is a financial institution that specializes in funding student loans--many student loans offered by the government, such as the Stafford loans that I have, go through this company.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:53 pm
by Credo Buffa
Not only that, but they're pretty much the only loan company in the US that will fund federal student loans for institutions abroad. :roll:

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:01 am
by Saturn
Thanks for the heads-up guys.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:58 pm
by dks
Yeah, isn't it quirky cute we give a lending institution a frilly girl name like Sallie Mae?

She would sound innocent and sweet--in reality she sucks the life out of those of us who just want to learn--something that should be free... :!:

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:15 pm
by Malia
dks wrote:Yeah, isn't it quirky cute we give a lending institution a frilly girl name like Sallie Mae?

She would sound innocent and sweet--in reality she sucks the life out of those of us who just want to learn--something that should be free... :!:


David Sedaris made a great joke about Sallie Mae very much in the same vein, dks. He said, in effect, that Sallie Mae sounds like a nice, benign Southern gal but in fact is a monster financial institution that would be very willing to take your first child if you can't make payments on time. How true! :lol:

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:23 pm
by Saturn
Its a nicer name than the imaginatively titled Student loans Company whom I owe my money to :?

PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 11:12 am
by AsphodelElysium
My Lord! Is Sallie Mae the Satan we all owe our souls to? It looks like I'm going to be paying her roughly 25,000, give or take, before it is all said and done. I know that is nothing to what you all have to pay, but still, isn't strangely sinister that we are all paying this to the same company?

PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 11:59 am
by Credo Buffa
I owe my soul to two satans actually: Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo. :?

The former is actually only because it was the only option I had for funding a federal loan for UL. I don't think most lenders will support schools overseas, so Sallie Mae sort of automatically gets all the international students because they do. It is pretty sinister when you think about it.

Re: Keats Society

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:27 pm
by Raphael
I know this was ages ago - but yes that would be such a good idea for a meet up. Though I wonder if it would be possible to arrange local ones too- you know like sort of cafe bar meetings for like minded people? if anyone has some ideas I'd welcome them. I have plenty of friends but none of them are much into literature and art the way I am ( and none of them are mad on John Keats either... :( )
I suppose it comes from me not watching TV- books absorb me in the ways some people get absorbed into tv programmes!
I wish I had some friends who would love to talk about John keats, potry, art and literature- heck if I had the money I'd go and do a Masters in literature just for the conversations and tutorials alone. This board is so good!

Re: Keats Society

PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:57 pm
by BrokenLyre
For what it's worth I still think a meeting in Louisville, Kentucky makes sense (at least to our US forum friends) and it would be less expensive than England. Louisville is where George Keats lived and died so it makes sense. And it is somewhat centrally located in the US, so most can get there withing a few hours. Just some musings of course.

Re: Keats Society

PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:53 pm
by Malia
That would probably be the closest I'll be able to get for a reunion--although Louisville is quite a ways from Washington State--though not as far away as England! I would say if anyone is going to be in England in about a month's time then maybe we can meet up (in either Durham or London) but I think that will be my last trip to Britain for another decade or two (it'll take me that long to raise the travel money again! :lol: ).

Re: Keats Society

PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:45 pm
by Saturn
Damn, I'll be in Hastings In early December, but it would take me 30 years to afford to cross the Atlantic lol

Re: Keats Society

PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:59 pm
by Malia
It might be cool to do a live chat someday--we can do *that* as Keats Society, I think. It would, of course, be very cool if we could live chat via Wimba or Skype something, but even just a group text chat in an online chat room is certainly doable, I'd think. Anyone up for that?