I have all the Financial Aid paperwork done, so funding is at least applied for, and probably will be granted. I have an additional, special funding source because I'm considered a Displaced Worker.
So I should be starting school next Monday. Which is good.
The school has decided to make the entire campus smoke-free. Indoors and outdoors, parking lots and all. If you're caught smoking in your own car in the parking lot, you're subject to a $50 fine and "a hold placed on your record." Whatever that means.
I've been smoking since 1978, starting in Basic Training. I'm 50 years old. I'm not likely to quit.
I also have Asperger Syndrome to cope with. I get stressed by changes in environment, meeting new people, crowds, noise, all that stuff. And now my erstwhile school wants to take away one of my main stress relievers. I can't step outside on my breaks and have a smoke. I have to completely leave the campus to do so.
This was already going to be hard. Their draconian decision will make it much harder.
Thanks guys. How can I ever repay you?