OT - graduation update (brag alert)
My senior has officially finished high school. Last day was yesterday. Senior awards are this Thursday, and next Monday is graduation. He finished 5th out of a class of 475!!!! He will be speaking along with the other top-ten's at graduation! EEKS!!!
After much discussion, and laying cards on the table with respect to how much money is available to him, and how much loans cost, and the like, he did end up choosing Michigan. He is comfortable with the amount that he will need to contribute, and is comfortable with the potential of grad school loans. He is extremely appreciative of what I will do for him, and absolutely understands that "his" bucket is what it is, and that I won't be able to do more. He also understands that he has responsibilities - to keep his grades up and maintain the scholarships he did get. He spoke with his dad - and asked if he would be participating financially. His dad said, well talk to me when its time for grad school. We interpret that as a "no". He is a little disappointed - the same weekend they had this conversation, daddy had purchased a new Escalade and a new Beemer for the wife. But this is just how his dad is, and he accepts it, and so be it.
He chose Michigan because he got into a very specialized program - its an early admissions program for their business school. After looking at the oriientation info, I realized what a small group got accepted into it. He will also be in their honors program, and thus will have two sets of academic advisors to work with. The more the better, IMO!
At the end of the day, I told him it wasn't the decision I would have made - I am such a bird in the hand person - but I support him and understand why he made the choices he did.
Graduation party is on July 1 - I will be asking for ideas!