Nothing makes me happier than the sight of a large check made out in my name. Between the scholarships, the student loans, and last year's leftovers, I officially have enough money to survive clean through the summer (and considering next year's financial aid package, all the way through the middle of 2011) even in the worst-case scenario of me not being able to find any part-time or summer work this year.
What this means in practice? Elementary, dear Watson. It means I can devote 100% of my mental energy to trying to do something I haven't done since 1986-87 (fourth grade): Get straight A's for an entire academic year. I'm going into the academic advisor's office on Tuesday bright and early to try and get into a traditional lecture math class so I don't have to take it online (the traditional lecture classes were full when I registered after testing earlier this month). Beyond that? A week from Monday, at 1100 hours, it's the opening pitch of a new season for me. And unlike in 1987, I'm looking forward to going back to school after Christmas break!