Originally Posted by gureilla
As i said, they really want me to take the scholarship as it's not that easy to secure one. Honestly, part of me also don't want to lose this scholarship. That's why i plan to reapply to the US and take the scholarship at the same time. That way, should i fail, I will still have a local scholarship to support my degree. So technically, i won't be having a gap year at all.
I've made up my mind, I will reapply. And if I am fortunate enough to get a sponsorship to the US, I will have no choice but to break the star's contract. And the paying back the contract part, well, I'll just think it up later. Maybe I will take a loan to pay them back or request for payment in installments. So this way, I won't have the "what if" feeling to linger in me the rest of my life. At least i tried applying for 2 years in a row, even if i still fail to get funding next year, I will not regret that i have tried and can continue my studies locally with pride and satisfaction.
And btw, wannie. What club do u have for me to join? o.0? I know u're involve in mensa. Is that it? lol
good choice, and i have already see that coming from your tone since first page. anyway, don't worry about breaking bond yet. when the time comes, only think about it, after all, its at most few ten thousands. not some 6-7 digit sum. right now, focus in getting into better uni and better scholarships. also as others had suggested, swiftly email UCB and hopkins that you have financial constrain, shall they don't give you tuition fee waiver, kindly ask for a year defer so that you can work part time/find sponsor to cover up. (a classmate of mine emailed purdue Uni to delay 1 year because he is not mentally ready to leave the family, succeeded)
when the time had finally come and you need to break the bond, tell them your parents are not going to help you pay back (better if your parents did not sign to be guarantor). If your mom is having a significantly lower pay than your dad, ask her to be your guarantor instead of your dad, then your dad can legitimately deny to help you. then, you can also show Stars your parents pay slip and say they still need to repay loan for house, car, and pay for your younger sibling's living, they cannot afford to pay back. Then, Stars will have no choice but offer an installment payback system. I have friends who did this to break the bond from JPA. the bond was 600k, the government gave him like 5-10 years time i think, just by stating his dad is not going to help him pay back, and his mom earn very minimal as a government servant. (tho they are rich as hell and can pay back 1 off, but no interest rate, why not?)