I stood in a huge crowd of 16 - 17 year old's this morning. It wasn't for concert tickets or the latest tech gadget. Today we visited Portland's "International College Fair". Schools from around our Nation, and the World, presented themselves with educational offerings and recreational outings, trying to lure my child away from me. Um... wait. No. That's not how I should be looking at this.
Time has just gone by so fast! Katie's a junior in high school and the conversation about attending college is familiar at our dinner table. I'm happy that her school is focused on higher education, really I am. It's just... does it have to be so soon? I mean, what about high school being a 5 year arrangement? Or 6? Do I hear a 7?
Our elementary school experience was Kindergarten through 8th grade in one building. The comfort of knowing the teachers, volunteering in familiar halls and connecting with other parents was great. Then high school comes and it seems like it's over before you know it. 4 years definitely zips by.
So, here we are, narrowing down which programs suite her interests. We live in Oregon and she's interested in Animal Studies, Biology, Zoology - things along those lines. We have a primo school that's hours away (*sniff*) but she's found a program that made her giddy. Where is this University you ask? In Aberdeen... Scotland.
My family is very proud of carrying Scottish blood (family name Lawson - Clan MacClaren) but Yowza! I never dreamed my child, the one who asked me just last year if she could go to the college down the street and still live at home, there is no way I thought moving so far away would be appealing.
I'm not freaking out yet. There's time for that later. Let's see how this plays out.
Have you had a child move away for college? How did that work out for you?