Upon returning from Greece, EG and I landed in NY, Jeremy flew up to meet us, and we drove home, visiting colleges along the way. We’ve always encouraged our kids to dream big. Despite the out-of-state tuition obstacle, we still encouraged Emma Grace to dream big. And that she did. With an interest in nursing, she set her sights on the best nursing schools in the nation. I’m so proud of her for doing that. She got accepted into programs that were quite competitive. I had no idea how hard it is to get into some of these nursing programs. I also had no idea how lifelike these mannequins are that nursing students learn on. The instructors can program them to have certain ailments or to birth a baby. They talk to you like real people. It’s absolutely insane.
Anyway, back to the college journey. I had no idea how difficult it would be. The waiting, the disappointment, the stress, the applying for scholarships and looking at finances. It can be quite intense. The theme along the way became “pivot.” I felt like Ross in Friends when they are trying to bring the couch up the stairs and he keeps yelling out, “PIVOT!” Lots of pivoting and relooking at everything. And then you get to May 1st, college decision day.
The school Emma Grace chose was not at the top of her list. My prayer, though, all along the way was that she would end up right where she was supposed to. In the Fall we take our baby to start her college journey. It’s so very bittersweet.