I'm 14 so I know I have 4 years. One day I asked my parents how much money was in my college fund. They said $600.. and this was in 4th grade. I asked them again a few months ago...$600. I tried to talk to them about how distressed I was about this. They basically said it wasn't my business. Which I really don't understand because its my future. They aren't poor. They make over $100,000 per year. I wish they understood.
If I were to get excepted into an ivy, for instance, I would feel like I shouldn't go because I don't want them to be working all their lives to pay for it. And I don't want to be stuck in a lot of debt for the rest of my life. Does that make sense? I don't want to be stuck at my hometown university (Texas a&m). And I really don't want to be stuck in-state.
The schools that I have heard about and most want to attend are Bates and RISD. It would be my dream to go to one of those two but I know very well that that is above budget. I think about this now because I want to prepare myself to do the very best that I can do in school and get as many scholarships as possible. The thing I'm worried about with scholarships is this - It is possible that i might go to Canada for university because I have dual citizenship and as far as I have heard the colleges have much lower tuition compared to their american counterparts. And the new zealand schools (British commonwealth so I should be able to go there as well without too much hassle) are like rediculously reasonable. I might even try my luck for a european college (my dream is to live in europe). So i would need scholarships that can be used internationally if I do go that route, as it is extremely possible. I also am considering taking a gap year and interning in Costa Rica with conservation/biology to get a feel for it since that is one of the things I want to do in addition to art. I also might have to save some money with this predicament.
I'm sorry for just rambling.
I guess I could use some advice if possible. Thanks.