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Did your kid "fall in love" with a school?

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Replies to: Did your kid "fall in love" with a school?

  • bandmomof3bandmomof3 Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Son liked a few schools. After his tours he fell in love with one. The bad is he only wants to apply to that one. His reasoning is if that is the only place he truly feels at home why should he apply anywhere else and waste application money. Ugh.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 17,833 Senior Member
    Both my daughters only applied to one school each (accepted very early). I told them the risks were that if anything happened they'd have to wait a year to go to school and they were both fine with that risk. Nothing went wrong and each is at her favorite school.
  • MizzBeeMizzBee Registered User Posts: 4,577 Senior Member
    DS fell in love with a school as a sophomore. He was told that he would need to have several affordable options. he applied to 20 schools and slogged his way through merit scholarship weekends, extra essays, etc. In the end the best deal financially was his original choice. To this day he chides me for not allowing him to apply ED, as they meet financial need.
    To be fair, his campus is unique and has a specific culture. They encourage plenty of visits, so he had been on campus 8 or 9 times before his orientation.
  • green678green678 Registered User Posts: 618 Member
    I am so thankful that my D hasn't fallen in love with a school. Instead, she has a list of half a dozen schools that are her "top choices." Other people (relatives and adults) who ask her about it say, "But what is REALLY your first choice?" However, she refuses to play that game. She says that she will pick a first choice when she sees where she gets in.
  • BarbalotBarbalot Registered User Posts: 556 Member
    I'm the OP. I had been hoping D would at least fall in deep like with the LAC that has offered her a lot of merit aid, but that has not transpired.

    However, last week she visited another LAC where she is accepted with less merit aid, and did the proverbial head of over heels. She said it just feels "right." At this point, it's the most expensive option (of course!), but we'll have to see what happens after the FAFSA. At least she's convinced she doesn't need to keep applying to more schools because she's not excited with her choices. That's where we were at a few weeks ago.
  • twinsgirlsmomtwinsgirlsmom Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    I'm dealing with a school-struck daughter. She is in love with, and eventually after discussion with her guidance counselor (and with my husband and I in terror over finances) applied ED to MHC. SHe likes a few others, but then at the same time she says the world will end if she doesn't get in. We are on pins and needles.There is nothing you can do to stop your child from falling for a school(any more than you can stop a teen from falling in love with anything). We just try to encourage her to realize that she would be successful and have a great experience at any one of the schools she's looked at. She has all her apps in - only 5 - but at least they are done, which is more than I can say for her twin sister.This is our first and only time we'll be doing this, and I never dreamt that it would be such a heart-rending, stressful process.
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