I think Grid joined the party a little late. He was 99% sure he was going to X. He envisioned himself there. Then Grid started to throw tuition money and scholarship offerings at him - um, in late APRIL. It was hard to change his mindset. He knows people going to X from his class and he knows kids that are already there. After poling several students, he learned that they all really liked it.
He has also gotten lots of feedback from people involved in the Full Ride Scholarship (the one that he didn't get this year, but he could apply for again next year). The advice: should our finances go back to normal (aka: suckie), which they did - then he should try again. He knows he may not get the scholarship, but he liked that the business school ranks so highly and he is confident that even without free tuition for the last 3 years, he will be glad he chose to attend X. It may cost more, but the graduates tend to earn higher salaries upon graduation than those from Grid.
I'm not gonna lie. It was tough. It was totally his decision. Thank the good Lord, because I could not have decided this one. Coach did a great job or not swaying him towards Grid even though it was his alma matre. He did suggest to Ed that if he was that uncertain, he could go back out and take a second look at Grid - 8 hours away and all.
|Busy, busy time of year. At least|
it finally stopped raining and
the sun came out for the
prom picture extravaganza.
The student at Grid, who served as the intern to the man who gave Ed the awesome scholarship, was so incredibly impressive. She blew Ed away. In the end, he kept leaning towards X but he felt BAD turning down what Grid was offering him.
He and I texted back and forth about college choices a few weeks ago while I was at the zoo with the tots. Texts, as you may have experienced, can be easily misconstrued. So, I asked Ed to clarify one of his texts. He texted back: 'I am not thinking about X anymore.'
I was like, 'WHAT?' But, I didn't type anything close to that. I turned to Becky, my fearless babysitting compadre, and said, 'I think I am going to go throw up now.'
I did not know that I felt that strongly about which college Ed went to, but apparently I cared more than I knew. Ultimately he chose X and that didn't sit right with me either, even though it was my top choice. I hated to see him walk away from a college that clearly valued him. Ed thought I was rooting for Grid all along. Not true. I finally told him that I just wished he could take the best components of each school and morph them into the perfect college.
I think he will be very happy at X. Now, getting used to not having him around in the fall . . . another story ENTIRELY. (soft sobbing)