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It’s here! It’s really here! March 4, 2013

Posted by mareserinitatis in education, older son, personal.
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The older son recently celebrated another orbital trip around the sun, and it made me realize that it’s pretty much time to get serious about this college thing.  Part of it was the realization that I teach in the fall (which came up because of other reasons), so if the older boy plans to make any college visits, it’d be ideal if they were in the next couple months.  The fall will be difficult, at best.

Of course, we’re also sitting here wondering if maybe just staying local for a couple years would be fine.  He could start here (or even keep on taking exams for placement), live at home, and transfer out should he so decide.  However, I want him to evaluate all of his choices carefully.  He’s starting to look at potential majors for college, we’re going through the mess of signing him up for standardized tests, and probably most importantly, Mike is panicking about the potential bills showing up in the mail which also has the older boy starting to think about scholarships.

You know, I thought looking for colleges was stressful when I was in high school.  I don’t think it’s really any easier as a parent.  In fact, in some ways, it’s worse (although in other ways, it’s certainly better).  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  I am glad that I read Crazy U a couple years ago, though.  I think it made me realize that getting really worked up about the whole process is probably counterproductive.

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1. Chris Gammell (@Chris_Gammell) - March 4, 2013

More than anything, I suggest against the first year at home. So many connections are made in those gross dorms that will last a lifetime. It’s a much slower start trying to make them later.


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