We have Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The College of New Jersey, Stevens Institute of Technology, Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, Rowan, Fairleigh Dickinson, The Richard Stockton College, Drew University, Rider, Kean, William Paterson, Ramapo, Caldwell College, Georgian Court and the list goes on and on...
When I first started this challenge, I had no clue I would be highlighting the colleges of New Jersey. But lately, I can't seem to stop thinking about them. Probably because my daughters won't let me. They have been relentless in pressing me and The Husband to look into colleges and unis with them. It's really turning me inside out. I'm not ready for this! They are still so young.
Initially, when my girls asked The Husband and I to start researching colleges with them, I kind of blew them off. I said, come on, you're only in middle school. You are way too young to be worrying about this...you might change your mind, you don't really know what you want to do yet. Well, guess what? I was wrong. Because although it's true they are young, they're already in the process of choosing their core classes for high school and what they choose to take does directly impact their college choices. Their choices do matter. Gah!!
Although my girls are young, both of them have a solid idea what they want to pursue as their career paths. Both of them are plotters and major planners. They are, if you haven't already guessed, high achievers. Both of them are so driven and focused it's frightening. I am proud of them for taking their education so serious yet the scaredy cat inside of me is still screaming, I'm not ready!
The thought of my daughters leaving the nest and flying far, far away is already killing me. The Husband, dear Lord have mercy, is worse than me. This is literally the first time I have ever seen him nervous and visibly rattled. He can't seem to wrap his mind around the girls leaving either. The only good thing is since the girls are so young we have a few years to prepare ourselves and warm up to the idea of them going out on their own. Twitch, twitch. Even typing that makes my eye start to twitch and tick...
Are any of you facing the same reality of having your kiddos going off to college? Did you attend a state school? What made you choose the college you attended? Did any of you attend college in NJ? Did you always know what you wanted to be when you grow up?
*According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average cost of a college education these days is $22,958. I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed for scholarships*