A month ago, I received notice that a local college was having a 2-hour college admissions/ financial aid meeting for juniors and seniors. I thought it would be a great opportunity for us to begin talking about The Future (especially since learning this summer that Ben did want to attend college), and RSVPed that my sophomore and I would attend.
I sort of forgot to tell Ben that we were going to this until this morning; but that ended up working to our advantage as he wasn't able to overthink our casual visit.
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We talked about the importance of internships, career/ job placements centers, not partying too much in college, but still having fun, changing majors, non-traditional learners, scholarships. Great stuff.
If I have one piece of advice to offer to those with younger students that you are home educating it is this: begin talking about the future early. I wanted to avoid dumping the entire college vs. career discussion on my son at once. Instead, through a variety of sources and conversations, we've been talking about it for years. Visiting colleges doesn't have to wait until junior year.
I don't honestly care if this particular college is one that Ben ultimately applies to. I just wanted it to be a common experience that we could use to build upon as college begins to take a greater emphasis in our curriculum planning for the next few years. Ultimately, Ben has to be responsible for all these steps, and I want him to begin to realize that it is a process that will take time and planning.
I wasn't really looking for a "you were right, mom" moment, but I was looking for acknowledgement that it was a good idea. I know I got that as we talked and as I watched him on the tour.
Tomorrow, we are back to sophomore classes -- Geometry, Spanish, American Lit. But this afternoon, it was nice to spend time thinking about what the future might hold for my pretty cool young man.