It’s going to be okay


Speaking of my trip to Chicago at the end of this month, I am so excited. I can hardly wait but at the same time, I am nervous and scared. A lot of mundane issues keep popping up in my head like can I afford to spend a little of my money there? Will it be warm or freezing cold there? Will the sidewalks be dangerous to walk on because of the ice?

Breathe, it’s going to be okay.

No it’s not! According to my professor who is also the chair of the department and the person leading the trip, he will only pay for our meals at the special spots, aka the spots he planned. This means, the rest of my meals are on me.

Usually I’m not concerned with this at all because I have adequate money saved in my bank account but the thing is, that’s before my employer owe me two months worth of paychecks. When I planned the trip, I thought I would have two large paychecks coming in from my translation work to subsidize for the trip but so far, they haven’t paid me anything. So I’ve basically been living off what I’ve saved and my mom these last two months.

It wouldn’t be their first time to screw up my paychecks. Last year, they didn’t pay me and my mom for three whole months when the CEO went to Brazil for vacation and world cup. All because of what? All because no one was there to sign the checks. I’m not sure what their excuse is this time but they owe me two months worth of pay.

I’ve just made a payment of more than $3000 to the credit card for my tuition which basically drained my bank account. If I don’t get pay soon, I think I’m going to go crazy or worse, I’ll have to cancel the trip and then I’ll really be pissed.

15 thoughts on “It’s going to be okay

  1. I hope you still get to go! Can you gently give a hint to the people who owe you those checks, that you need to be paid for your hard work? … I have friends in Chicago area, and right now the weather is great, a bit of rain, here and there but nothing freezing at the moment. Have fun!

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    1. I’ve been sorting out my paychecks since last month. The accountant at the company seems like she doesn’t have a clue what I’m talking about. They should fire her and hire me but I think I’ve got the whole thing straightened out. Hopefully, crossing my fingers.
      It’s nice to know that the weather’s nice there at the moment, hopefully it’ll stay that way so I won’t have to worry about slipping on ice while I’m there.

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    1. I finally received pay two days ago, just a month’s pay though, and it looks like they’re going to pay the rest next month. I guess I can live on it until then.

      I’ve been trying to straighten this out since the beginning of September. I mean, it’s not rocket science to just write numbers on the checks. We even provide the total amount. Their accountant stinks, they should hire me instead.

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