This is my first post on the parent forum. After reading, multiple times, the threads of the colleges my DS has applied to it occurred to me that it would probably be best for me to move myself over here. :)
Argh! The bittersweet milestones. I am just hoping the best for my son, who we love so much. We homeschooled from the beginning, and graduated him in June. He has applied to UChicago (his first pick,) MIT, Harvard, Amherst, Williams, Rice, Duke, Northwestern and UCBerkeley. He is a bright kid - top 1% of SAT tests and GPA, thoughtful, curious well rounded and has some really great EC's and special interests. We utilized all kinds of resources in homeschooling him including charters and community college classes (excellent grades.)
Yet with all this going for him, I'm wondering how much his being homeschooled, his gap year, and us being low income will impact his chances. On the one hand I am at peace knowing that what will be, will be. On the other hand I find myself checking and rechecking everything to see if we missed anything in the applications, any deadlines, criteria, financial aid, etc. My son is much more relaxed about it all than I am. I am feeling the nervous jitters and sentimentality of being at this stage with my firstborn. Neither my husband nor myself went to college, so this is all new to us. I go back and forth from thinking no college is good enough for him to thinking we'll be thrilled beyond words if anyone accepts him.
Thanks to any who have taken the time to read, and I welcome any insight - especially if you've been here before. I hope the best for all the dear sons and daughters you're rooting for.