Nighean Gheal is going to go away to college - does not seem real, does it? When I officially started this blog she was 6 years old, if you can believe it. Time, it seems, has a way of getting away from us.
The process of applying to college has changed drastically since the days that I applied. Everything is on-line, of course. And all the application fees have kept track with inflation. And the competition (I am sure) is far more difficult - she has applied to 9 colleges, I only applied to three.
The end of March is the last date of the notifications, at which time one has approximately a month to select the college of choice. It is a two fold decision, as you might suspect: on the one hand is the question of where one wants to go, on the other the question of what it costs.
Oddly enough, the decision is not as clear cut as it might seem: for example, the out of pocket cost of our local State University is almost the same as the cost of going to a fairly well known Private University. Which is somewhat silly to me, if I stopped and thought about it for a moment.
(Yes, I know, you are asking about Community College. Her concern - legitimate, I think - is that to go to a community college is to completely wipe away all the work she put in to get to where she is now. Which is actually true, if you think about it - the record is expunged the day you walk across the high school stage).
Where does this end up? I am not really sure. We still have to find out about potential financial arrangements from one school (alas, I am not overly hopeful). But I think the decision will be rather clear cut after that for purely practical reasons.
On the one hand, this feels like a huge decision to ride on the outcome of such simple things. On the other, at least more thought seems to be going into this than when I decided to choose a school.