Two words: College applications.
That is what has been consuming my oldest (and my computer) for the last few days. What a pain in the ass.
My step-daughter may be the smartest person I know. I don't say that lightly, she really is extremely intelligent. Mind you, she doesn't have a lick of common sense and she readily admits it. How do you teach common sense? If you have an answer, please, please let me know!
She is ranked eighth in a class of more than four hundred. She got 1900 on her SATs. Her GPA is something like a 3.94. Honors classes, AP classes, clubs, youth group, part time job, this kid rocks. We have very few problems with her. Our major problem: college. We can't afford to pay for her college (even before we lost our jobs) and she has been aware of this for many years. New Jersey has a program called NJ Stars. Any student who graduates in the top twenty percent of their class can go to a community college for free. If they maintain a 'B' average they can transfer to a four year state school and go there for free. Did you get that? FREE. The problem, she does not want to do this. She has no idea what she wants to do as a career (and what 17 year old does?) so why wouldn't she want to take the free education?
We have tried explaining the whole student loan thing, how it's going to be like a mortgage payment, etc, to no avail. Part of the problem is a few of her teachers have told her she is too good for community college. I want to slap the crap out of them! Are they going to pay for her education? Are they going give her a job that pays enough to pay her loans back? Shut the hell up!
The babe is calling me so I'll have to make this a two parter.