He has been getting college flyers since 7th or 8th grade, so we figured it was about time....but didn't really know where to start.
Then, we got an actual invitation to a private touring event at a college that he was interested in, but thought was a pipe dream.
So, we went for it.
I am depressed now.
For a few reasons.
My baby is walking away from meeeeeee!
You know what I mean.....I was initially excited for him, the campus was really pretty, the tour guides looked wholesome and friendly. Then, I was lagging behind him on our way back to the car, because of this staircase.....
.....when I looked up and saw him....just casually walking away......sigh....
The other reason I am a tidbit depressed?
We have never had plans to pay for our child's college education. We have told all the kids that they will need to work hard, try to get scholarships, and be creative to pay for school.
Oh, and not to just go to college because that is what all the other kids are doing. I firmly believe that you don't necessarily need a 4 year degree to get an amazing, fulfilling job. Tech schools are awesome. Other, non-traditional schooling and training options are awesome too.
I went to traditional college for nursing, but dropped out before I was done.....combination of no money....and getting a C in chemistry (which to me, a former straight A student - meant I was an idiot and shouldn't even consider being a nurse!)
While I was still in high school, I went to night school at a local community college and received certification as a Nursing Assistant (quick program....good money). Later, in my mid-20's I went to night school (working full-time) and received certification as a Massage Therapist (relatively quick program.....great money) It was a job I loved....and was good at, but it is also a job that is very hard (physically) to do 40 hours a week.
I also worked, for years, as an Executive Assistant.....you know, the fancy (makes me feel a little more important) word for Secretary. No, it doesn't have a lot of social cache or give you a sense of importance. But, I was awesome at it......if I do say so, myself. I made good money. It wasn't hard on me physically. I rarely brought the stress of my day home with me. I was necessary.
On the other hand, Rainman has his master's degree and is a fancy schmancy scientist....but, many times he has said that of the 2 of us, I have the most marketable skill set. He may be able to find a handful of higher paying jobs......but, I have lots and lots of options for good paying jobs....if that makes any sense?!?!
Our hope for our kids when it comes to their schooling, is that we can help them out once in awhile....as a bonus.....but not be a blank check....or debit/credit card for their hopes and dreams. You know?
This particular college kept talking about what a great deal they were and the amazing value you were getting at their school compared to others.
But, my little heart skipped a beat when I saw the actual pricing....
D-man better start writing essays and entering scholarship contests now! He is really smart, but so are a lot of other kids. You know?
Right now, he is thinking about becoming a Pharmacist.
Anyone have any leads on scholarships or contests? Good schools in Georgia that may be cheaper than $23,000 a year???
Please let me know in the comments section. We have a little bit of time since, thanks to my friend, Jayne, my eyes were opened to the realities of higher education earlier, rather than later.
And, this was just our first visit....it was a big school....smaller schools will be better....right? Right????