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Blog entry by Matthew Riemenschneider posted 08-17-2011 10:00 PM 5176 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumber Jock Friends,
Im Matt Riemenschneider, an 18 year old that is trying to go to Fox Valley college for wood manufacturing. My dream is to build yachts, id love to be able to do that. As you might know being a high school graduate you dont have a boat load of money to pay for college. And my parents not ever going to college dont know the first thing about paying for college. All i want to do is build things and put my skills to some good use but that damn money situation is holding me back. So i guess what im asking from you guys and gals is, if you know of any yacht companies that would be willing to do an internship with me please let me know. Or if you know of any places that will give out grants for kids that are doing what im doing. If you have any information for me email me at m_riemenschneider@yahoo.com or message me on here. Any info would be much appreciated. Thank you

-- M. Riemenschneider "I am a firm believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it" - T.J.



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Bertha

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 10:08 PM

Wish I could help. There are some very accomplished boat builders around here that might have some ideas. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Matthew Riemenschneider

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 10:10 PM

Thank you. Just trying to get on my feet, hard to do that when they want their money right away. :)

-- M. Riemenschneider "I am a firm believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it" - T.J.

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Bertha

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 10:24 PM

Trust me, I’ve had to write some massive tuition checks in my time. If you can find a way to apprentice your way throught the process, I would. You may have to sell yourself hard but if you’re willing to work hard, you’ll make it happen.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Matthew Riemenschneider

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#4 posted 08-17-2011 10:26 PM

Yea thats why im on here writing a blog looking for any kind of help or information. I want to do it so i have to figure out a way to get by. Thanks A lot.

-- M. Riemenschneider "I am a firm believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it" - T.J.

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Tedstor

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 12:04 AM

Well Matt, I have a great idea. Seeing as how you like boats and you’re looking for college money, why not join the Navy?........or better yet….....the US Marines :LOL: I spent 5 years in the USMC and used the GI Bill to get my degree afterward. The Post 9/11 GIBill is extremely generous (thanks taxpayers, really, thanks).
Military service was the best thing I ever did for myself. I honestly feel that if you apply yourself, you come out of the military with a first-class education in the most important subjects….....Life, reality, leadership, accountability, loyalty, and American stewardship. You can then get an education in the field/trade of your choice. Most schools are approved by the veterans administration, so I’d guess Fox Valley probably is too.
Anyway, just a thought.

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Matthew Riemenschneider

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#6 posted 08-18-2011 12:07 AM

I can honestly say that i have thought about doing that. But ya see theres this girl. haha so im trying to work around going away for four years. Thanks though

-- M. Riemenschneider "I am a firm believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it" - T.J.

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Tedstor

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#7 posted 08-18-2011 07:30 AM

Well upon further investigation, it appears the program you’re interested in requires 43 credit hours for completion. At $128 per credit hour (assuming you’re a WI resident), the program will set you back about $5500+fees. of course those fees could be considerable seeing as how this looks to be a lab-intensive cirriculum. Even so, I’d imagine you could knock it out for under $10,000 (at most). I’m assuming you’d be a commuter student and will live at home so room/board isn’t an issue. We can’t leave that girl…...right :LOL: j/k:
Not to be a jerk, but you could work at a burger joint and save-up that kind of coin in a couple years (at most). And depending on your family’s financial means, the federal gov’t offers Pell grants and subsidized loans. There’s no reason you can’t go if you really want to. The school’s financial aid office would be a good place to start.
You can also get more info from the US Dept of Education website.

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Matthew Riemenschneider

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#8 posted 08-18-2011 07:35 AM

well im enrolled in the program already. i start next week on the 25th. Its 2200 for tuition. And i got a loan but it was only 1750 from the school. Im just interested if anyone knows of any grants that i can apply for. Cause like home depot will give you 1000 bucks to help you out. but thats if one of your parents work there. Stuff like that im interested in.. Ill be fine I just need more money for like what you said commuting back and forth. thanks for all the interest in trying to help me. Not a problem with a little advice.

-- M. Riemenschneider "I am a firm believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it" - T.J.

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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 08-20-2011 04:47 PM

I see you have already taken a loan, I was going to suggest to avoid loans at any cost as the money you borrow costs a whole lot more than if you’d worked at the proverbial ‘burger shop and saved up. I know it seems like a long time to hold of on the education by saving up first, but you and your prospective family will thank you for not being in debt once you are finished your program (believe me paying the bills does not get easier once you’ve a family of your own!). I’m with Tedstor on getting a job before (or even now while you are in the program) and saving the money.

In any case I wish you much success both with the financing and the academic side of this endeavour!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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