Feb 28 2014
My son Joe, a junior in high school, is driving 2 hours today from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins to visit the Warner School of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). He’ll meet with one of the department heads and the director of undergraduate programs for school. One of Joe’s possible career and area of study interests is wildlife biology, and we’re fortunate to have what some consider to be the top program for this just 2 hours from our home at CSU.
We arranged the visit – okay, I arranged the visit – to help spur Joe into the next phase of what I like to call the #collegesearchodyssey. He’s doing all of the initial efforts necessary to have college options (and ROTC options) – working hard for good grades; activities; leadership positions; applying to college programs for junior summer sessions; etc. But I’m hoping he takes the next step and starts thinking of wanting to visit some schools and do more research into colleges and the majors that interest him. Fortunately, a visit to the Air Force Academy will be easy. However, a trip to Cornell, or Cal, or Deep Springs College (a really interesting 2-year program in the high desert of California) will take some logistics to work out.
Joe’s other interest of study is international relations (he’d like to study and work overseas: seems logical from a milkid who spent half his life overseas and went to other countries’ public schools). I know these two majors aren’t the usual business or lawyer route that our parents ingrained into us (and aren’t the guarantees for good jobs and salaries anymore). But I’ve told Joe to follow his passion – get a job where he wakes up looking forward to going to work. Life is too short to waste 80 hours a week in the drudgery of work one doesn’t like. Of course I’m a humanities major, so what do I know.
(I should add, before any grandparents start turning over in their grave about his choices, being an Air force doctor is another option he’s thinking about.)
Hopefully his next college visit will be to a school with a good program in international studies. I’ll let you know as he continues the #collegesearchodyssey (try to imagine soap opera music as you read that hashtag).
For now, I’ll look forward to hearing about today’s visit. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow though, because he’s staying the night with a good friend from his Scout troop who is studying forestry at CSU. So I don’t know what I am most anxious about: his 4 hour round trip drive by himself; his visit and what is discussed; or the fact that a 17 year old will be spending the night on a college campus.