(Yeah, yeah, I know I said I was going through a dry spell, but I thought of something to post.)
So I have my plane ticket booked for my trip back up to DreamSchool. We've made the first (of MANY) payments. Y'all, it's officially official that I'm going back!
It's really sunk in and I can't tell you how excited I am. My living arrangements are all taken care of: I'm in a suite with five other girls, my closest friends up there. We each have our own little rooms and share a common room, kitchenette and bathroom. It's awesome! Better yet, our closest 6 guy friends have the suite next to us. GAH I can't wait!
I wanted to comment about something that Kaitlyn commented on this post. Now, a disclaimer: Kaitlyn and I talk/debate frequently either on the phone, via twitter, or text message. We disagree on a LOT of stuff, but we still have MAD love for each other. So this post is in no way attacking her at all!!! Just bringing up a discussion.
Kaitlyn said, "Hm. I stand firm that tuition should be the responsibility of the child, for the exact reason one of your parents mentioned above... You can take out loans for school. The same is not true of retirement." in response to my writing that I felt guilty for putting my parents under financial strain, which I absolutely have.
I've been a private school child all my life. Before you roll your eyes and stereotype me, let me explain why. Where I live, the public schools are, frankly, awful. The elementary and middle schools solely teach to the TAKS test, and are overfilled and often violent. High schools are much the same way, and the drop out rates are enormous. Because of this, my parents decided long ago that they would sacrifice a huge deal financially and personally so that my sister and I could go private school all the way.
I am so, so lucky that my sister and I were able to do this. We both received excellent educations. I can't speak for her about this, but for me, I look back on every year of schooling with fond memories. There was no middle school hating. Sure, high school had its cattiness (especially for me being the poor kid in a high school of millionaires) but it was still an amazing experience. I am so grateful.
For college, my parents made it clear from the start that they would support me wherever I wanted to go, whatever I wanted to do. The school I fell in love with, DreamSchool, is a private college. Its yearly costs are astronomical (though, from what I understand, relatively mild compared with other private colleges). But I'm receiving an amazing education there. Because of DreamSchool's reputation, they guarantee me a job in my field (which is a dying field) within six months of graduation. The professors are excellent, the academics amazing.
I wouldn't be there without my parents' financial (and other) support. Of course I'm going into debt by going there, but my parents are easing that financial burden generously. They believe, above all, that a good education is the absolute best investment you can make in life.
My parents are willingly and happily contributing to my DreamSchool fund. Retirement will probably never happen for them (at least not full-time), but they have assured me that's okay. They want me to go to DreamSchool. They want my sister to go to any college she wants to. They want this for us. This is their gift to us. I am so, so grateful. Who cares about inheritance? They've given us the best academic start possible to our lives.
How amazing is that?
Note: this is NOT to say that all public schools are bad, or that state schools or community colleges are bad! Quite the opposite. I wish the public schools in our are could have been better. I did take a class at a community college, and it was an amazing experience.