For those of you who haven't heard me crowing it from the rooftop, Ben received an academic scholarship to college which will cover almost 80% of his tuition.
We toured his college this week and they had an official signing of his scholarship papers. I thought we were just doing the tour and didn't even bring my camera. I didn't want to look like a dorky mom taking pictures of her baby's first day at Kindergarten. I had to take this shot with my phone.
We were very impressed with the campus. It's a great size, not too big, not too small and has some extremely cool architecture. We had planned for Ben to live at home in order to save money but he is actually required to live on campus, so we are scrambling to outfit a dorm room. Apparently all dorms have extra-long sheets, so we can't just use sheets we already have (of course).
Seeing the dorms brought back a lot of memories for me and Kerry. We kept comparing it to our dorms in college (many many years ago). There are four beds to a room in Ben's dorm, but they have a bathroom in each room. Kerry and I had two beds in our dorms, but we had to share a bathroom with every single person on the floor.
Ben won't have a lot of living space - three dresser drawers and one-fourth of a closet. All the roommates share one desk. Fortunately for him, we live close by and he can just keep lots of stuff at our house and trade out what he needs on the weekends.
I have to say one of my happiest memories right now is of a public school teacher telling me Ben probably would not be able to get into college if I homeschooled him. It's a common statement made to those who are homeschooling and I'd just like to point out that it's based on misconceptions and no facts.
Here are some actual facts: Ben's going to college with an academic scholarship!