|My morning office.|
Right after we checked in since we had extra daylight due to daylight savings time kicking in, we scoped out the college campuses quickly so I would know where to park and to let her get a look. A choir concert had just wrapped up at one so kids in robes and visitors were everywhere. We didn't bother parking, just took a peak. The other college might be on spring break-it looked nearly deserted. I didn't think about that so hope she still gets to see what she is hoping to learn. We went back to our hotel and ate picnic supper of sandwiches, chips and apples, which did the job nicely. We binge watched the first three episodes of Stranger Things, replied to my blog and went to bed.
We're just about done now with touring. She is scheduled for two ACT's and a few AP tests in the coming months. She needs to have an idea by September of at least her top three possible choices so she can apply early and get scholarship applications and choir auditions taken care of. She got the letter that she was accepted into National Honor Society, so a nice addition to her applications. The induction ceremony and dinner on on April 12th but she has a mandatory meeting right when school is back on after spring break. I'm cherishing this time with her, as I did with the other two. DH did more with DS, and we had combined a family mini trip with a couple tours for DD1, but his schedule hasn't worked so well for our youngest. I'm lucky to have this time but ridiculous choices and budget aside, the decision will need to be hers.
We are staying on budget with the $1500 planned towards show choir and college trips. Branson will cost about $600 and Omaha was $500, but this trip is the cost of gas ($54 perhaps) the McDonald's stop ($5.69) and lunch (perhaps $15) so let's call it $75. February's was gas and lunch, coming in at $35. This leaves $390 to spare. She's going with a friend to visit her sister some weekend at another campus, so I'll include her meal money but they may just stay in the dorm. There are two more colleges on her list to see. In total, making 10 prospects toured, which considering the least we will spend is $80,000 over four years and upwards of $130,000, and this sets the trajetory for her future employment prospects, I don't think that is too extreme. How many cars do people research before buying? Thanks for coming along on the ride.