April 1, 2013

Insights by Michelle Libby, Editor

April first is right around the corner and that means that high school seniors from all over the country will hear from the colleges they applied to. The process has changed some from when I applied to colleges. Now there is early action and early decision. I am just now learning all of the new terms. 

I listened to a book on my iPhone by Cheryl Richardson, titled “Create an Abundant Life”. She pointed out that we ask children, my daughter would disagree with this term, but children nonetheless to make a decision that could cost $100,000, if we’re lucky. That’s a lot of money to say, “here teenager, drive off into the sunset and learn everything you need to know to be successful in life.” 

Who knows what they want to do with their lives when they are 17? 

As I write this parents and seniors are waiting, not for the letter to appear in the mailbox, but for a specific hour to go online and check to see if they got into the college of their choice. It’s like Christmas on steroids. 

Will I or won’t I? What does it matter if one goes to Harvard or if another goes to SMCC? Graduates have amazing choices in this life. College is the way to go for some, but others decide to take a year off to travel or volunteer. As a parent, I have told my children that they will go to college, because they need that degree, but now I’m reconsidering their options. Maybe that was the old way things were done. Good luck to all of the RSU 14 seniors who are waiting for the all important yes or no.

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