Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wow...loads of info

My brain is about to explode.  Started the earnest college search last Friday.  This means visits and tours.  We (oldest and I) have hit 5. 1 per day.  Bang for buck, state univ are great.  Housing wise - the 2 private univs we checked are the best!  
We went go one out of state State U where freshmen are almost all in triples - basically a 14X14 room with 3 desks, 2 dressers, set of bunk beds and a high loft (so a desk and dresser can fit under it and 2 armoire type closets....for 3 teens to share. And the room and board there was what a private univ was yesterday...but it's a double and washer/dryers in the dorm are free.  
Once tuition & fees add in that out of state public university is only about $3,000 less than the privates we looked at.

Makes my head spin....taking tomorrow off from it will travel out of state again next week....

Monday, August 7, 2017

One down 3 to go.....

We e survived the first visit of the week to a college.  Univ of New Haven.  Very nice campus, not a huge school but I've heard many good things about it.  Great thing about going to these open house hours is by registering and attending them kiddo can apply for free!  And they are a common app school!  Saves me $50 in application fee....so even if it makes the top 10 the application will go in because it's free.  
UCONN, URI and WNE later this week....skipped umass until fall since it didn't make the top 10 list by kiddo.  That's fine - still looking at the SUNY system too....just have to decide which campus has the right program.  I really wish our high school had a more consistent guidance program - staff changes have been frequent over the last 2 years  thru no fault of the school or people - just life gets in the way....makes it tough though when trying to plan or get advice about the college admission & search process.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Super busy week planned

This upcoming week will be college visit week.  

Crazy busy days I hope.....off to see 2 instate and 1 out of state schools.  Trying to talk oldest into Marshall Univ. in WV - as an out of state option....but it's 10+hrs away getting some resistance about the long drive to see it...Maine is still high on the list of strong contenders (on paper that is). As is Three Rivers Community College - for their 2 yr nuclear program....great bargain for 2 years, then transfer to a larger state univ.  

UCONN is on the list this week, UMASS and Univ New Haven too.

Looks like Maine is the top choice so far.  Thankfully there hast been any interest in Ivy Leagues!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Home and hit the ground running

My grand adventure is behind me now.  It was good and I enjoyed myself, learned a lot about my tolerances and what I can do to be a better person.  
1.  Not sweat the small stuff. 
2.  Be thankful my kids are being raised to be self sufficient and resilient young adults
3.  Do my best to help others in need, if they complain it's not enough or good enough - that's their problem. 

Now it's crunch time of summer, last minute dr appointments before school starts & trying sort out where youngest will attend the rest of high school. Feeling very discouraged for this child - options are bleak.  So many in power could give a second chance for success and can't get a break no matter how hard it is asked for.   

Education in our state is in a pickle & And with the state not having a budget - suburban school districts may lose more money for this year so money can get shifted to city schools - it is a big mess!  The state gov't needs to solve this stuff.