We are visiting a college tomorrow.
We will be walking on a campus, talking to an admission counselor, visiting with professors and trying on the campus like a pair of brown low heel pumps.
You see, this college is the middle ground for us. It’s somewhere between MIT and our local college. Just far enough away to be “away at college” but close enough to come home for the weekend. Decent physics program but not too expensive. So, it’s not the red alligator strappy sandals for which your heart longs, but neither is it the well-worn tennis shoes, casual and comfortable but a little too familiar. Brown low heel pumps, of course.
I had a devious plan where we would visit a variety of colleges and then if we could swing it, we’d visit the big (unaffordable) ones. My thought was that by that time, he would see that a college is a college is a college. Even though some have wonderful old buildings and carillon bells that sound on the hour, it still boils down to classrooms, learning and my son applying himself. However, time is working against us so we’ve cut to the chase. Middle ground it is.
A lot of things in life happen on middle ground. Let’s take curfews. Your teenager stands at the door, keys in hand and says that he’ll be home by 1 am. You know that nothing good ever happens after midnight AND you are too sleepy to stay up that late, so you counter with your usual bedtime hour – 9 pm. Back to the teen, he considers and takes a step toward the middle ground – midnight. You realize it’s Friday and you could wait up a little later, so you take a step into the middle with 10 pm…and so forth until you both reach the middle ground. Although some would argue that being in the middle is not as much fun as being on the edge, I still think a lot more gets done in the middle.
So, we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
By the way, www.nerdwallet.com has an education section that lists scholarships and a financial calculator. Valuable tool right now as we shop colleges!