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Fair Game

My baby is 16 . . . and a junior in high school . . . and ready to get cracking with the rest of his life :-)

A few weeks ago, we filled out his profile for college fairs. It’s pretty cool – you get your own personal barcode that the school scan at these fairs so you don’t have to fill out a card for everyone. They ย just get the info. based on your profile and you can spend your time chatting with the folks rather than filling out a card.

On his profile, this is what he put for major areas of study, in order . . .

  1. Pre-med
  2. Biomedical Science
  3. Environmental Science

Last night, we went to the Southern Colorado Out-of-state College Fair. He talked to lots of people and got lots of information about lots of schools.

He was very impressed and surprised by University of Iowa and their Biomedical Science program and the school and their med school, etc. I was impressed, too!

Then I had to leave and take Keira to swim practice. Jason stayed for another hour checking out other schools and chatting with admissions counselors. He texted me when he left, all excited. He found a school he absolutely loved and talked to the lady for like 15 minutes and he can’t wait to tell me all about it when I get home.

I was SOOOOOO excited for him!

And then I cried alone in the car – my baby!!!

Then we talked when I got home.

University of Washington in Seattle. U-Dub (can we eat B-Dub at U-Dub???).

He was totally into their Environmental Science program. Couldn’t stop talking about it. All the details. Showed me all the literature. Told me the lady gave him her card and was excited about how she said she’d only given out a few that evening to people who really seemed interested.

So maybe a trip to Seattle is in order for a college visit – I could totally go for that :-)

***I wanted to live in Seattle. We ended up in Colorado Springs, and love it. But I could totally visit him in Seattle ๐Ÿ˜‰ My college roommates also live there with their family. Double bonus!

Anyhoo – this was just one fair of many.

But can I say HOW FRIGGIN’ PROUD I am of my shy guy for putting himself out there and having an open mind? It’s quite a thing to stand there and listen to your kid talk to people about wanting to be a Neurologist some day . . . or an Environmental Scientist.

Who knows – I may have a doctor or I may have a tree hugger ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t wait to see what the next few years bring!

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  1. So happy to hear from you. I would have cried also. It is a ritual. Great that he is so excited about his life. Wonderful that he has a direction. I have never been to Seattle. I can’t believe how fast this is going. Seems like yesterday that he was falling asleep eating popcorn and picking out Snake Books, when it came to Grandma reading a book to him. Always wanted a Snake book since he knew I found it creepy crawly. I love him so much. You have raised wonderful children. Anxious to know what your sweet daughter’s adventures are now. Missed your blog. (I cried when Bob left for his wedding, knowing that we would never have him living with us again.) Bob was such a good kid, as was Dan. Scott was always independent and pretty much on his own from early on, but still a good kid.
    Love you,

  2. Shirley says:

    Equally proud of him! I am so excited for him because he is soooooo excited about college and choosing his career. However, I am secretly with you…VERY SAD…he has grown up so fast that I just can’t believe how the time has flown by. It will be exciting what happens over the next few years…can’t wait. Love…Mom

  3. Gail says:

    When you visit UW in Seattle, stay in a house boat on Lake Union. We did that in August. You’ll get to see the university’s rowing teams practice on the lake in the early morning hours (plus, you’ll be pretty darn close to the campus). I think U-Dub is a great choice!

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