College Bound

Thing 1 moves into his dorm Friday. We have to leave early Friday morning at 5, so he has to be completely packed by Thursday night.

Do you think he’s packed anything yet?

Hmmm…let’s see. His bike is in the back of my van.  And his sheets he ordered are in the box they were delivered in.

Other than that, he hasn’t packed a single thing.  He’s been spending all of his time at his friends.

I’ve been getting on him about packing, and his answer is always the same. “I know mom. I’ll get it done.”  Alrighty, then.  Let’s hope he’s not rushing around Thursday night trying to finish packing. Or maybe he’s planning on staying up all night and not sleeping at all, which really would not be a smart idea since he has to drive too.  And it’s a 5-hour drive.

It’s not that he’s hesitant to go. On the contrary–he can’t wait to leave. I’ve never seen the kid so excited, but then he’s got a lot to be excited about. How many kids get to start hands-on learning right from the start of school? Normally when you start college, you spend a couple of years in class learning about your profession before you start clinicals.

Thing 1 will begin flying by the 2nd or 3rd week of school. And, once he gets his private pilot’s license, he can actually start teaching on the simulators–and get paid for it–and have it count towards his degree.  Not many students get to start actually working in their field the first year of school.

Not only that, but by his senior year he’ll be a fully licensed flight instructor and giving actual flight lessons.

Pretty cool, huh?  Yeah, I think so too.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sharonccooper
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 11:54:50

    WAY cool! Congratulations to him for getting a chance to do what he really wants to do!


    • tonyakerrigan
      Aug 15, 2012 @ 12:54:33

      Isn’t it cool? I always told him that whatever he wanted to do, I’d help him as long as he works hard. At his orientation he met a student who really wanted to do aviation, but his father wouldn’t let him because he didn’t want to pay out the extra money. Instead this kid is going for pharmacist (which is what his dad is), which is way more schooling and will probably end up costing the same.


  2. Stefanie N Snider
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 23:07:23

    He’ll be flying by the *second week*? That’s pretty gutsy!


  3. philosophermouseofthehedge
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 14:45:25

    Very very cool! How nice he gets to let his dreams take flight. (and we know a kid like he met – the one going to be a pharmacist….it cost a lot of money, he’s miserable and hates his dad…but dad simply insisted he knew what was best. Sad)


    • tonyakerrigan
      Aug 18, 2012 @ 16:43:52

      It is sad when parents insist their kids not follow their dreams. Some parents say it’s because they’re the ones paying, they get to dictate what their kids major in. But then, the kids aren’t happy, they don’t do as well in school, end up dropping out, don’t get a job in their degree field, and the parents can’t figure out why the hell they spent all that money for their kids to make 15 bucks an hour working as a middle manager somewhere. I decided long ago I wasn’t going to be that parent. Thing 1’s dream is to someday be an astronaut, and I told him if he worked hard and did well in school, then I’d do whatever I could on my end to make that dream of his come true.


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