Parents of the HS Class of 2020 (Part 2)

Continuing the discussion from Parents of the HS Class of 2020 (Part 1).

Previous discussions:

New Year, new thread. Sounds liKe we’ve hit a threshold that makes us have to continue here. Calling all parents of the HS class of 2020! @fretfulmother @3scoutsmom @jjkmom @MuggleMom @LKnomad @Dave_N @LOUKYDAD @ljasnau @DeeCee36 Anyone?

I’ll update. My daughter finished her community college classes with a 4.0 and has been loving dancing with a ballet company. She is glad she did her gap year because her (gapped) college is 100% virtual but the dance company rehearses in person- and gets to perform. She’s been in two shows so far with four more performance opportunities to go. I think she’s looking forward to going off and starting college next year though. She’s a tiny fish in a big pond at a pro company, but she knows this is likely her only chance to dance in a company in any capacity so dancing in the corps is a gift, really. Both have their advantages, honestly, but she’ll be a bigger fish in a smaller pond dancing at college which should be fun before hanging up her pointe shoes.


Glad to hear it is going well @milgymfam!

D20’s gap year is going well. She completed 2 classes (Spanish & Political Science) at a community college for fun. Going to continue Spanish and maybe take a Business Law or Economics class next semester.

She is also working as a server (when outdoor dining is allowed) and has saved enough money to pay for her anticipated two small Stafford loans.

She wants to travel to France as she already has had CV-19 recently should have immunity for at least 3 months but the travel and curfew restrictions are pretty strict there so she may wait until summer.

Hope everyone else’s students are doing well? Happy new year. :confetti_ball::fireworks:

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D20 is doing well here. Academically, she had a great first semester. Looks like she finished up with 3 A’s and 2 A-'s (proud mom boast, sorry/not sorry!). Socially, it was a bust (she was home, with just one HS friend around), but even she admits is went by pretty quickly. She did get involved with Hillel at the school, and through some lucky timing, with a couple of December graduates departing and leaving vacancies, she will be filling an e-board position for spring.

Her school will continue to be virtual for spring semester, but she’s moving to Boston anyway. She found a group of girls to live with and they’re renting an off-campus apartment. We bring her up next Friday. She’s excited and nervous all at once. I’m hopeful that things will start to improve and open up by early spring and she can enjoy getting to know her new city. It continues to be a most untraditional first year, but she’s definitely making the best of it.


Happy New Year! I thought I’d pop in since I don’t think I’ve visited since early summer. Wow, my brain is getting a workout navigating the new board.

D got into her top choices and ultimately decided to attend the closest school. Classes were online this quarter and while she was disappointed that she wasn’t able to live on campus, she’s been able to drive to the campus a few times (about 90 min away) to see her new college friends (who also live at home). They are also on Zoom all the time. So socially, it seems like the next best thing. She did well in her classes - A’s and a B+.

She and three of her HS friends will be going on to Hawaii in the summer. It was their spring break that was canceled last April. So, at least she has something to look forward to.

When I look back at 2020, there is just so much to process. I’m just happy that we are all healthy and have adjusted to working and studying from home. My friend just got her first Covid vaccination and soon people will be getting theirs. (fingers crossed) I now see light at the end of the tunnel.


DD is counting down to return to campus, trying to get a COVID test scheduled and applying to opportunities for next summer. She will apply to things here and in Charlotte so that she has more options. The goal is to find something that counts towards med school requirements. So many places are not accepting volunteers or hiring in medical-related roles that this will be quite challenging.

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This new board is crazy, but here goes. My DD spent 13 days at UNC Wilmington and returned home for the remainder of the semester. Since then she has decided to transfer to UNC Charlotte which will be much closer to home. She will not live on campus this semester and will do remote learning. She is working part time as well at Planet Fitness and hopefully will be able to also transfer her job to Charlotte when she moves. It has been nice having her home but she is ready for some independence which I can appreciate. She also changed her major from nursing to exercise science.


Thanks for tagging me, I didn’t even know the new cc board changed! You will think now we all working from home we should have more time to check out cc and see what’s new. My dd joined Army National Guard, so she spent her summer and fall semester getting basic training and medic training, then she will knock out some GE classes before transfer to UC. With army training, she experienced on campus living with roommates, so now she decided not to have roommates later when she transfers to UC. She is planning for 2022 transfer so she will still graduate on-time with HS class 2020 students. This Covid thing is crazy but I do enjoy spending times with my kids more at home before they leave to colleges and become real adults.


I didn’t realize there was a Part 2 to this thread. Glad I finally found it.

@socaldad2002 this may be a dumb question but if she has enough money, why is she taking out the loans in the first place?

Good question. She won’t actually take out the loans her first two years and will put the savings into her 529 plan. This is the amount she would have had to take out if not working during her gap year (Unsubsidized Stafford which is $5500 and $6500) or $12,000. She will likely take out Stafford loans her 3rd and 4th year ($7,500 x 2) for $15,000.

Since we are full pay and she elected to go to a private college, we wanted her to pay for a small portion of her college expenses. The maximum she will pay is $27,000 the largest amount she could have taken out herself under the unsubsidized Stafford loan program.

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