I asked for a refund and compensation for my time.
What did you ask for?: I was in a graduate school program that suddenly went on hiatus. The administration wasn't forthcoming, the remaining students switched to new programs, and I was lost.
The administration wanted me to take on an unpaid internship in exchange for credit. It wasn't the right fit. I asked for a refund and compensation for my time.
What did you receive? : I received everything I asked for! I received a tuition refund, my school debt was cancelled out, and money for my wasted time.
How did you feel? Did you believe it was already there? Did you allow it to show up? : I felt justified in asking. I knew it was something that I had to do for myself or I would always harbor resentment.
I didn't think I was going to get a refund and extra compensation. I thought the school would ignore my request or try to fight it.
I stayed professional and advocated for myself. The ask came through!