A few weeks ago my daughter got a pamphlet in the mail for a summer camp at an Ivy League college. It was almost $5,400 for a 3-week camp. Good grief! If it costs that much for a camp how much would it cost to send her there???
The hubby and I helped my stepson through undergraduate and graduate school, so we have some idea how much it costs to send a kid to college. My daughter will be going into her junior year of high school in the Fall of 2012. She is in the process now of picking her classes. I have heard from more than one person that the junior year is the hardest year of high school.
She has been getting e-mails from colleges for months wanting her to sign up for tours. Wasn't it just yesterday I was changing her diapers??
I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal recently that listed the five most expensive colleges in the United States. The most expensive one was over $59,000 for one year. The first house my parents bought cost less than that.
My daughter has been thinking of college for a few years now and has a certain university in mind. Thank goodness it's an in-state school!! We are lucky that there are great in-state schools where we live as well as a community college that offers a multitude of classes.
The road to getting my degree was long. I went away to a school for one semester but was homesick and came back. I then tried the community college. After a few years of that I took time off. All in all, it took me 14 years to finally get my degree. Most of the time I went to college I was also working at the same time. I went to night school, I did weekend classes. I think I might have even done an on-line class. One thing my dad told me frequently throughout those many years of college was, "Cathy, once you have that degree, no one can take it away from you!" That was a pretty good motivator.
There was more than one time I was ready to give up. Anytime I thought about it or got frustrated I would remember what he said.
As my only daughter heads towards the next couple of years of high school and then college, I will continue to support her, love her and guide her towards adulthood.
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Cathy is a homemaker/wife and also mom to a second grade son with special needs, a teenage daughter and a stepmom to an adult son. Originally from the East Coast, Cathy has lived in the Midwest for close to a decade. She hopes to use her life experiences to help and inspire others and to put a smile on their face if only just for a moment!