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.