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Old 03-22-11, 05:08 PM   #1
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18: The Age when Smart Teens morph into Stupid Adults.

The College Girl that I've bragged about before? She's nuttier than thrice re-gifted fruit cake!!

Currently on a full ride academic scholarship, working part time on the odd week end back at home. Majoring in Deaf Education, with a dual minor of Math and Theater. All through HS, she wanted to be a Deaf Ed teacher, then decided she wants to be a Deaf Ed specializing in Drama. Current school can't grant the Drama credentials...

Found another school that can make her a certified Drama teacher, but lacks the Deaf Ed...

Announces today that she has found an apartment 15 minutes away from the new school, the future room mate is on full disability/fixed income, has no idea what kind of Financial Aid she'll be receiving (hell, she ain't even been formally admitted!), and hopes to be working full time this Summer... Oh, yeah, apparently she already signed the lease.
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Old 03-22-11, 06:21 PM   #2
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And since she is in college she obviously knows a lot more than you. So your advice is meaningless.

Good luck.
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Old 03-22-11, 07:04 PM   #3
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The College Girl that I've bragged about before? She's nuttier than thrice re-gifted fruit cake!!

Currently on a full ride academic scholarship, working part time on the odd week end back at home. Majoring in Deaf Education, with a dual minor of Math and Theater. All through HS, she wanted to be a Deaf Ed teacher, then decided she wants to be a Deaf Ed specializing in Drama. Current school can't grant the Drama credentials...

Found another school that can make her a certified Drama teacher, but lacks the Deaf Ed...

Announces today that she has found an apartment 15 minutes away from the new school, the future room mate is on full disability/fixed income, has no idea what kind of Financial Aid she'll be receiving (hell, she ain't even been formally admitted!), and hopes to be working full time this Summer... Oh, yeah, apparently she already signed the lease.
Now THAT'S an education.
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Old 03-22-11, 07:32 PM   #4
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I have a feeling she's going to look back on this phase of her life and wonder what she was thinking. Gotta let her learn though. Good luck!
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Old 03-22-11, 07:36 PM   #5
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... at least she still plans to attend school. Mine is still getting filthy in the oil fields! Makes one look back fondly at those "terrible two's"
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Old 03-22-11, 07:47 PM   #6
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Reminds me of my nephew who, 3 weeks into an apprentice program with the Electricians Union, told them to get lost. He'd be winding up year three in a few months, if he stuck it out.

Right now? He grunts it out on the loading dock at Home Depot. Honest work, but that trade union apprenticeship was basically a scholarship for a four year degree. Dumb kid.
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Old 03-23-11, 09:10 AM   #7
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Some times I wish that my son(19) would realise what I'm saying when I say "Are you sure you want to do that?" or more to the point "Are you kidding?" when he lets us into his world. What I'd like him to hear is the voice inside screaming "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR F******G MIND?". But, he does need to learn life lessons, and he needs to learn them by falling on his face a few times. They all do.
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Old 03-23-11, 11:23 AM   #8
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I keep seeing smart and well grounded young adults!

A lot of it is I still make it to the Oxy Olde Boys Rugby matches and the college team and the Olde boys support eachother.

Good kids.

Last weekend ther was a memorial service for a guy who had played for the Olde Boys. There was a couple of hours betweenthe service and the Olde Boys game and I spent it at the ex-fraternity house where ht erecpetion was held, hanging out with current college guys.

Most were football players (This is a division 3 school, no scholarships, true student athletes). One of them had an offer to play professionally in Europe. He did not accept because it would have meant leaving before he graduated. He didn't exactly decline either. He made sure they realized he was interested but could not meet the timeframe. He is still likely to end up in Europe once injuries and other washouts happen.
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Old 03-23-11, 02:12 PM   #9
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Some times I wish that my son(19) would realise what I'm saying when I say "Are you sure you want to do that?" or more to the point "Are you kidding?" when he lets us into his world. What I'd like him to hear is the voice inside screaming "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR F******G MIND?". But, he does need to learn life lessons, and he needs to learn them by falling on his face a few times. They all do.
Amen to that from another parent of a 20 and 24 year old.
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Old 03-23-11, 02:17 PM   #10
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I'll see you, and raise you. I have a 20 yr old daughter. After losing my job, the family and I had to move to another state, away from her friends, which, of course, ruined her life. She refuses to enroll in school here, and does as little around the house as possible, which, of course, creates friction. So she wants to move out, back "home", and move in with a married couple who've only been married a couple of months. Um, say what? She has a part time job (no benefits), and barely meets her expenses now. If she moves "back home", she'll likely have almost the same part time job, but likely fewer hours. Oh, and she plans on going back to school on school loans. If she would stay here and go to school, I'd pay over half of her tuition. When questioned on how she's going to fund this little excursion, she answers with something like "Oh, I'll figure it out". Part of me just wants to let her go, and have the world teach her about life (since she won't listen to me or her mother), but I fear this will end in tears, and massive consumer debt that she'll be paying for until she's 50.
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So where would this fall under?
After undergrad I got a job. A year and a half later, at the high of economy boom, quit and went to graduate school. Two years later when economy completely tanked left graduate school and went back to work.
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Old 03-24-11, 07:48 AM   #13
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Seriously, though, send your daughter a well-reasoned letter (Express Delivery - not e-mail!) about why she should stick with her full scholarship - the Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook might provide some ammo - and, as a landlord, I would say that unless she's sent a deposit in, she can cancel her new lease. If she sent a deposit, she can STILL cancel it - she'll just loose her deposit. That would still be a darn site cheaper than all the student loan debt she's going to incur once she actually has to PAY for her education!!
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