Then, a year later I wrote my actual 500th post and re-announced my retirement with the thought that this was it, knowing (of course) one never says never.
So today I'm not re-announcing my retirement or announcing my un-retirement. I would say I'm announcing my re-announcement of how tough it is to steer kids through the college selection process, which is a pretty good reason to not retire (in life, not blogging).
Since I wrote a post two years ago, just prior to my first announcement of my retirement, about my first daughter's college selection process; I feel it incumbent to pause my retirement and talk a little about daughter #2's college selection process which, of course, will likely sharply delay my actual (real life) retirement and drives me to want to un-retire from blogging in order to vent!
Anyway, because of that word of the year, college has been a real wild ride for daughter #1. She was accepted at her Dream U and we moved her in 1.5 years ago to that sunny happy place. As I told many friends when asked "how's she doing," I would say if she was having more fun it would be against the law. She also did well academically, which is sort of important you know! Her year was cut short from the COVID thing but that was OK. We enjoyed her being home in April (a month early). She did move back over the summer, working in paradise but learning that real life is a bitch, and college is great (and better when mom and dad are paying for room and board). She had a pretty good fall and is now back home for the holidays but looking forward to getting back to the sun.
So let's talk about daughter #2 and her adventures! And let's look at some new quirky college vernacular:
Accept to Deposit Yield
Merit vs Need Based Aid
|Hard to walk away from 10-min walk to horses|
So daughter #2 is pretty fantastic at sports. Not great at a particular sport but solidly good at pretty much any sport. That means the big schools (D1) are not too interested (and being vertically challenged doesn't help either). But I kind of thought smaller schools (Division 3/D3) might let her play. So we spent a year talking about it and her ignoring me. Finally we got some video together and lo and behold a couple of coaches bit. You see, small college (D3) sports is pretty interesting from a recruiting standpoint. There are no athletic scholarships but schools still want to win. So D3 schools are looking for kids that can compete athletically and academically AND get the merit scholarship $'s needed to attract them because most of the D3 schools are small privates with high $ tuition. And so entered fancy private equestrian school for rich Yankees! This school is perfect! Daughter #2 can study big animals every day at their barn and fields AND they SUCK at the two sports she is great at! Video sent and Bingo, both coaches were interested and all of a sudden Daughter #2 understands that old Dad Ryan may not be completely stupid. She loves the attention and now wants to play sports in college and understands that maybe it will be helpful if a coach is making sure she studies! And, oh btw, we have some family connections here and its not too far from BSU, so maybe Ryan gets his football weekends anyway along with watching Daughter #2 play!
|They really need someone that can shoot the "3"|
|Amazing architecture, but a little "churchy"|
Oh, btw, did I mention that a year ago I made some calls and got Daughter #2 an opportunity to practice with Big State U's unique equestrian sport that she is good at and they are not? Yeah, if she can get in, she can do that. Seems like attention is only bad when Dad Ryan does it.
|Cool beach scene, maybe too "earthy"|
So while its nice to be wanted, now we have to decide who to play for and what to study. Actually all are a fine academic fit and pretty good schools, so at this point I guess I just need to let her do her thing and maybe, just maybe, she can do everything!
But folks, get those kids practicing at dancing, violin, hockey, or even video games (yep, you wouldn't believe it but colleges have video game teams now) there are scholarship $'s out there to be had and not everybody has to go broke to pay for a degree if you have some skills to sell!
But damn, I just wish I could have one child who could give me an excuse to go back and party at Big State U again!
For now, Happy New Year and may 2021 be everything that 2020 wasn't! And maybe I have another post in me about Daughter #1 now.
Who's to say what's impossible and can't be found
I don't want this feeling to go away
Please don't go away, please don't go away, please don't go away,
Is this how it's supposed to be
Is this how it's supposed to be
I have to admit this song makes me cry. It's hard to believe I took my (then) 3 and 5 year old daughters this movie and now, 14 years later, they are off and doing their own great things!