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Monday, August 18, 2008

Gulp! Thinking about college

Today I spoke to a woman who is going to become our college coach. What? A college coach? What the heck is that? Until today I really didn't have much of a clue what it was, but all the cool kids have them so we needed one too.

Honestly, I don't know if the cool kids have them, but the kids who have disabilities do, as this coach is provided by DMH to help us navigate the whole college scene. Kids with special needs tend to need colleges with a less crazed atmosphere than your normal Big-Ass State U. Not that I think the Boy needs a lot of coddling in school, because I don't. But he has no clue of what to expect out of college and he's very very young. He'll still be 16 when he graduates and let's face it, most 16 year olds aren't really what you want to unleash on the general public. You know?

So we have this college coach. She's pretty nice and she works only with this population so this is going to be a great help to us as we start to navigate the world of financial aid and college applications and all that stuff. So far, we have no clue of what we're doing. None.

Plus, I have to admit. This college stuff is scawy. Weally weally scawy.

There's what I hope will happen next year.

There's what the Boy will happen next year.

There's what reality is.

And someplace in amoungst all that wanting and hoping and wishing is the truth about what is really plausable and what is just too far of a reach.

The weird thing is, right off the bat, before we've even met, our coach said not to even think about UMass. I fell in love right there. I have been dreading the entire UMass situation. School is too big. School is on poverty's doorstep. There is not enough aid for him to go there. I know this, but try explaining it to a kid who has his heart set on going off to school with his friends. Never mind that MEFA, the state fund that provides student loans, has not one cent and didn't provide one loan for the upcoming semester, leaving parents and students scrambling to come up with money they though they had in MEFA loans. Nice!

MA isn't a great state for higher education. Our best friend Mitt the Pitt Romney not only took money from the state agencies, he did so from the state college and university systems as well. UMass used to be a decent school. It has declined massively and doesn't have the money or the resources to rebuild itself. Hard to believe that the public colleges in our state end up being more costly than private schools with endowments, but such is life.

A college coach. Hmmm. Who would have thunk it? Let's just hope that we find the right type of school for the Boy with plenty of money to fund a good part of his education. Schools I'd like are Hampshire, Oberlin, Grinnel, Bard... nice small liberal arts schools. Schools he'd like: UMass.

This is going to be quite the adventure!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Daisy said...

If he likes the small liberal arts colleges, consider Lawrence University. It's close to my home, my alma mater, and I'd keep an eye on him for you! :)

19/8/08 9:45 AM  
Blogger BSumner said...

Oy. I'm having a hard enough time thinking about preschool. LOL

19/8/08 10:44 AM  
Blogger Cricket said...

Occidental College?
(don't let LA turn you off)

20/8/08 8:59 AM  

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