Comments: College Horrors

Thanks for the reminder!!! Oldest son's tuition is due on the 27th. Whew!

Posted by PeggyU at August 19, 2013 12:35 AM

The no Mom or Dad thing is because with few exceptions, the students are LEGAL ADULTS.

The exceptions being Sheldon Cooper and (my friend from Driver's Training) Mike G, who transitioned from Elementary School to college. Pre-Teens are not legal adults, no matter how much theyed like to be.

I wasn't a legal adult my first semester as the 18 year old majority didn't take effect until 01/01/1972.

My folks helped me set up my first checking account before I went to college and moved a portion of my college savings from the Credit Union to that account before Freshman Orientation.

Somehow I managed to pay my tuition. You couldn't leave the gym they used for registration until you paid, so it was easy to tell that you had paid before you started the semester. (All paperwork, no on-line. They wouldn't let us touch the 3270 terminals attched to IBM mainframe.)

Of course writing my first check for close to $700 was a thing of itself ($120 tuition, $560 room/board, plus some small fees). Note that this didn't include a couple hundred a semester to cover Internet access in the dorm room, or other nifty features found at today's universities.

Posted by The Thomas at August 19, 2013 11:09 AM

Sometimes the path to total responsibility for teens becoming adults is best walked with baby steps.

Posted by diamond dave at August 19, 2013 04:32 PM

So he's 90% responsible for himself right out of high school? I'd say you've done a very good job!

Posted by pam at August 20, 2013 06:27 AM

... you're doing a fine job, ma'am.... he'll get there eventually!.....

Posted by Eric at August 22, 2013 11:01 AM

Someone we know gave their 18 year old all the money he would need to attend and graduate jr. college. Instead of going to classes,he spent the money and they kicked him out of the house(we're talking clothes in a garbage bag on the street with no car) for stealing.
He's back at home,has a pt job and is in school but I was like, "Really? You set him up for failure". There's no way I'd give an 18 yr old( I don't care WHO your kid is) a check for ALL the money for college and expect him to do the right thing.
PFB out.

Posted by pfb at August 22, 2013 04:45 PM