I have 24 credits shy of a degree in a city I'm allergic to - after four years of exposure to black mold, I get sick whenever I visit. Plus I had to take a few leave of absences due to the stress, sickness, and depression.

So now I'm in a REALLY GOOD PLACE, and I think I'm ready to go back to school.

I'm sure my family is totally tired of my failures/ seemingly random and unplanned decision making process / perpetually $10 short of a budget / unemployed state / etc, but I believe I can get funding from my Native American band.

I don't really know where to start with that. I guess I should call them?

Should I figure out if I can actually GO back to school first?

I have a friend who helps people get their degrees and he suggests folding my BA credits into an MA or an MFA, with permission from whatever university I want to go to. This feels like the right thing to do — only a few more years for a little bit more.

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Is there anyone here who's another Native person who knows about funding these things, or that knows some good arts programs in Cali, or has some Important Thoughts?