I am just a bit freaked out right now because I only have about eighteen months until  I am sitting in a classroom learning human resources, psychology and business. So with that I have to have had finished my goals I have set for before I graduate and get thousands of dollars in scholarships in which to be able to go to college. All of my parents joined the military right out of high school or soon after and didn’t go to traditional college per-say. I decided a long time ago that going into the military was not my thing, that I wanted to go to college. A good college at that, a college that when people would look at my resume they would know immediately that I had worked hard and had a good education. Though now I have thought about it, I would like to just get into a college that will teach me want I need to know to go into the line of work that I am looking forward to starting. To me now I’m not exactly looking for the big name colleges anymore, it would be nice but it’s not a priority. I have talked to my parents about college and they brought up a very good point, my dad has the first two years of college for me pretty much paid for with the GI Bill and that can be used at whatever college I decide to attend. So right now I should be living as a sixteen year old girl and who knows how those two years will go. Maybe I’ll decide to do something totally different. Maybe I’ll even give some consideration to the military after all. As I am starting to get busy preparing for my amazing future, please don’t hesitate to comment with any tips to help my with this challenge and maybe remind me to seize the day a little more and worry about the future a little less. 


2 Replies to “College”

  1. It isn’t too early to begin thinking of, and planning for your path into adult life. But being anxious only complicates things. Good universities do translate into desired jobs.

    We are a blended family find of like your’s, with 6 kids, and each kid has taken a creative path into adulthood. A couple of them got on the other side of college with what looked & felt like crippling debt. We would advise them differently now, if we had it to do over, but none of us could have foreseen how some steps were the most brilliant.

    One daughter volunteered in East Africa for a year, then decided to get her undergrad degree there. I, as a sane mother, asked “What good will a degree from Africa do in getting a job in the USA?” and she informed me she disn’t Plan to move back to the USA. That was rough for me, but as things worked out she got her graduate degree from Oxford, like Oxford Dictionary, like the world’s most leading university. She, who spent her first 6 years in school on an Individual Education Plan due to her learning disabilities, got accepted into one of the most sought after universities. The Oxford degree opened up opportunities undreamed of. She is now living in The Netherlands, with her Scottish husband, working for an international bank, who sends her to Singapore and Australia and the US. Their first baby is due Dec 2.

    We have a son who from early childhood wanted to go into the film industry. I used to refer to his passion and profession as “Don’t let your babies watch TV experiment gone bad.” Then, I watched one of his short films of a native guy trying to get the ball through the basket. It was a hunting piece in black and white, with elders showing hope, anxiety and disappointment at him not quite making the hop. I cried! I saw how powerful an art form film can be. Anyway, when Quin was your age, and still wanting to go into film, one of the most risky businesses of all times, we told him to research universities and find the one with the highest rating of graduates actually working in the field, then get in that university! He busted butt, excellent grades wouldn’t get him in alone. He picked University of Southern California, School of cinematography. A program that turned Steven Spielberg down 5 times.

    Quin is the one who is most passionate about student debt. He got a Dean’s Scholarship, which covered half the cost. We supported him the same as we did all of his siblings, which didn’t go very far with his private university. When he tried to get more funds from the university after his first year of excellent grades and contributing lots of extra curricular activities, he found out that a few questions on the SAT were the source of his not getting a full ride scholarship. He is so passionate about this that he wants to travel to high schools as a guest speaker. For him, the student loans represent why he hasn’t gotten an Acadamy Award yet. He has to take jobs that have a regular paycheck, rather than the cutting edge exciting art forms. He has received the Australian equivalent of the Acadamy Awards for Best Editor. He gets to work on the edgy stuff during the slow seasons in Hollywood.

    The reason Quin’s SAT score was not near perfect is that he took trigonometry at UAF between his freshman and sophomore year of high school. He then didn’t take the SAT early as a practice run, nor did he study ahead of time. So, there were about 20 points from questions related to trigonometry that he didn’t get right. Which, the $100,000 in student loans has turned into $200,000 by the time he will have paid them off.

    If all works out, we might be able to continue this conversation in person. Next week, starting on Monday the 16th, we will be traveling along a route that brings us through Florence. We are using our RV, and at a family gathering in Tennessee. In fact Quin is joining us tomorrow for the weekend. First time he is seeing his cousins in 17 years. But, he is doing well enough to be able to afford the flight from LA to Nashville, and stable enough in his current editing job to take a long weekend. I’ll pick his brain for more advice for a young person getting ready to start her advanced educational path. I hope I can pass on the advice in person.


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