Dancing on the Head of Pin

It’s been a while since I posted and I will blame it on being too busy. Parades, tests, programs, studying, preparation for Christmas, work….you name it, it has all interfered with posting.

We have progressed some on the college front. There are three colleges, all within 3 hours of home, on which we are focusing. Two have sent scholarship packages and one has invited Calvin to come and interview for a Presidential Scholarship – which I think would pretty much equate to a “full ride”. Sometimes I allow myself to dream that his college is paid for, it’s about one hour away, there are relatives in that town, (who can give him a good dinner once in a while) and it all works out for the best.

In reality, being a parent of a collegebound teenager is a lot like dancing on the head of a pin. I know it makes sense to go to a regional school where he can achieve a good degree and graduate without debt. But, will I be responsible for quashing a dream and shortcircuiting his ability to achieve greatness? Or should I paraphrase David Farragut, “Damn the costs, full speed ahead to the expensive university”. Neither one of these approaches guarantee success. In the end, it is still up to student to work hard, find a field he/she loves and be happy with their chosen path.

Helpful tip for today’s blog – START EARLY. For those of you with underclass high school students, it isn’t too early to start nosing around college webpages for scholarship timing, auditions, athletic information, etc. The first semester of your student’s senior year goes fast!