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Some people live in neighborhoods where a 7th grader can walk to the public library and others don't. Some people live in a neighborhood where an 8th grader can walk to a corner store for ice cream after school and then play in a park for an hour before heading home- and others don't.
Question: Is there a correlation between not seeing the point of spending a lot (going into debt) on college and not spending a lot on ECs (kids' passions) when the kids are younger? Curious if there are people who have spent a lot on the latter but would balk at the cost of an expensive private. No judgments. If people have, I would be interested in hearing how those people assessed the value proposition of ECs for kids generally -- when do you know it is worth the money?
My daughters roommate is a scholarship athlete at a d 1 school. It’s 20 to 30 hours a week minimum. Shorter breaks. Early to school in fall. Leave two weeks after everyone else for ACC Tournament.
D1 sports are definitely a big commitment, but many top athletes train that many hours anyway, and they're used to juggling training, competition travel, and academics.