Saturday, September 4, 2010

College Visits

I'm not sure that 17 years ago, I knew that this day would come quicker than I wanted it too.   I remember those early years so well.  These have been full years - many memories and much to be thankful for.  I know that the future will be different - but can also have many sweet memories and much to be thankful for.  I'm not sure I'm ready to enter this new chapter.  I guess I don't have to be ready yet.  It's close though.  And it does bring tears to my eyes to think too much about it.  So I try not to dwell on it, but there is still much to be done to get Christopher prepared, especially over the next couple of months.  Praying for God to guide us, prepare us and to show us His path.

We have visited 2 college campuses over the last week.  Christopher didn't want me taking photos.  (Imagine that!)  He did take a few photos.  Creative - and definitely not the ones I would have taken.  Care to guess where we've been?  Can you recognize anything familiar?

This is the second campus.

This one might you give more of a hint at the second campus.  I know, it would help more if you could actually see the writing!

We have one more visit next week which will make 4 total that we have visited.  I'm not sure if we'll be going to more or not.  At this point, these are his top choices.  He is looking at 4 Universities.  Three are in-state and one out-of-state.  Three are public and one is private.  They vary in size from 12,000 to almost 25.000. 

It has been interesting to me to see the varied receptions we have received as homeschoolers.  At some, they don't really blink an eye and the expectations are really no different.  At one, we were encouraged to do a lot of additional work to prove what he had learned as a homeschooler. 

This is a lot to take in.  It's a big decision.  It is by far one of the biggest decisions he has had to make yet.  It ranks only second (in my opinion) to choosing Jesus as His Saviour.  I'm not sure that that decision though was as difficult as I think this one may be for him. 

He is planning to take the ACT and the SAT one more time each in the hopes of bettering his scores.  We are both hopeful that perhaps he will get scholarships, grants and aid to help finance his education.  Again, it will be interesting to see what things look like once everything is turned in and the decisions are being made.  I'm hoping that we will be able to apply early to his schools of choice.  A busy next couple of months.

Thanks for any prayers you offer for us.